One day in late 1996, Russell Masraff phoned his father Tony and asked, "Dad, why don't we start a restaurant together?"
At the time Russell, a graduate of Memorial High School and the University of Houston, Hilton School of Hotel & Restaurant Management, was perfecting his restaurant service and management skills in his role as Assistant General Manager of a fine Houston restaurant
His father, Tony Masraff was a recent recipient of Houston's Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was running two successful high-technology startups in Houston, (one of which made the Inc. 500) and was managing his ranch.
Owning a restaurant was a lifelong dream of Tony’s, so it didn’t take him long to respond with a resounding “Yes!”. And that's how it all started!
Soon, Russell resigned his position and Tony sold his high technology company and his ranch. Together they established their ultimate dream of both a restaurant, and a father/son relationship.
This father/son team is a hands-on operation and no matter when you visit the restaurant, you will be welcomed by Tony or Russell Masraff, as warmly as if you were family.
Tony and Russell are very philanthropically minded and active in the Houston community. Tony is also President and Founder of Tony’s Prostate Cancer Research Foundation.