Shafik Rifaat, the architect behind the “magic” at Tony’s…

Beyond Tony’s stunning wine list and five-star wine service, beyond its award-winning cuisine and its world-class tableside service, the thing you hear most about the Tony’s fine dining experience is what a gorgeous, “magical” room.

The other day, we sat down with celebrated Houston architect Shafik Rifaat (pictured left with Donna Vallone) to chat about his long friendship with Tony and his uncanny ability to implement Tony’s vision for his restaurants.

“What I like about Tony,” said Shafik, “is that he makes decisions. There’s no wishy-washyness. With Tony, you present him with options and he makes decisions.”

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