SSP America Brings World-class Dining to IAH With Tony’s Wine Cellar

SSP America a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, announced today the opening of Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport’s Terminal D.

Sophisticated and stylish, the full service, 1,300 square foot Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro has been created in collaboration with Houston’s preeminent restaurateur for over 50 years, Tony Vallone.  Commenting on the opening of the restaurant, the founder of the restaurant, Tony Vallone commented, “We have designed a wonderful sanctuary with in IAH routed in food and wine that everyone can enjoy. I am so proud to put my name behind this great project.”

Michael Svagdis, president and CEO of SSP America, commented, “Tony Vallone is an icon within the Houston culinary scene, and his reputation is synonymous with dining excellence. SSP America is proud to have partnered with such a laurelled leader in bringing this concept to IAH.  At Tony’s, our shared passion for exceptional dining will be matched only by our unrivalled performance in the kitchen, original selections from the wine cellar, and peerless tableside service. Houstonians expect a memorable experience from Tony Vallone, and we promise to deliver.”

“The Houston Airport System is very excited to welcome Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro to George Bush Intercontinental Airport,” said Randy Goodman, Concessions General Manager for the Houston Airport System. “Tony Vallone is a name in Houston synonymous with world-class fine dining. Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro offers an extensive wine list at multiple price points and a menu that pays homage to the bistro-style art of small plates. It fits well with our efforts to provide our passengers with a wide variety of both world-class products and world-class service, and promote a world-class feel to a city and airport recognized for growth and innovation world-wide.”

Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro welcomes passengers from across the concourse with its impressive wine display and swank, focal point bar.  Ample, spacious seating can be found around the bar and at tables both inside the restaurant as well as just outside the entrance, for intimate café style, al fresco dining.  Elegant and stylish yet wonderfully approachable—the drinks scene at Tony’s Wine Cellar & Bistro is welcoming to all.

Tony Vallone is known throughout the Houston region for sourcing the finest ingredients and his wine cellar is legendary.  At Terminal D, passengers will find the same unyielding passion for quality.  From Italian Proseccos, Californian Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios, Pinot Noirs and smooth Cabernet Sauvignons to French Marsanne and Argentinian Malbec—there’s truly something for everyone at Tony’s with glasses and bottles in all price ranges.

From the kitchen, a menu of bistro-style dishes has been created specifically to complement the wines.  From small plates of artisanal cheese to light salads and sandwiches filled with elevated ingredients—Prime Rib Sliders, Kobe Beef Sliders or a perfectly portioned Club Sandwich.  Refined, yet simple foodie fare paired with Tony Vallone’s hand-selected wines.

Houston’s Bush Intercontinental enjoyed a record-breaking year in 2015, welcoming nearly 43 million passengers.  IAH has also welcomed several new foreign flag carriers including All Nippon Airways and Air New Zealand, and seen increased services to Latin America and the Caribbean.  Since 2005, international travel at the gateway has increased by 53 per cent, growing from 6.9 million to 10.6 million in 2015.  The City of Houston is now the only city in the western hemisphere with nonstop flight service to all six inhabited continental regions.