- 14 Awesome Celebrity-Owned Restaurants You’ll Want To Eat At
- 10 Celebrity-Owned Restaurants Actually Worth a Visit
- Justin Timberlake, Southern Hospitality BBQ
- Ludacris, Time Restaurant
- Hugh Jackman, Laughing Man Coffee
- Sandra Bullock, Walton’s Fancy and Staple
- Gladys Knight and Ron Winans, Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles
- Heath Ledger, Five Leaves
- Toby Keith, I Love This Bar & Grill
- Armie Hammer, Bird Bakery
- Ty Burrell, The Eating Establishment
- Piper Perabo, Jack’s Wife Freda
- 10 Celebrity-Owned Restaurants You Need To Try
- 10 The 40/40 Club- New York, NY
- 9 Soul Kitchen- Red Bank, NJ
- 8 FGL House- Nashville, TN
- 7 Walton's Fancy & Staple- Austin, TX
- 6 Sweet Chick- Los Angeles, CA
- 5 The Cutting Room- New York, NY
- 4 Little Pine- Los Angeles, CA
- 3 Nic & Norman's- Senoia, GA
- 2 Spin- New York, NY
- 1 Saints and Sinners- New Orleans, LA
- 10 Successful Celebrity-Owned Restaurants
- 10 Zoom – Robert Redford
- 9 40/40 Club – Jay Z
- 8 Dominick's – Rose McGowan, Laura Dern and Ben Harper
- 7 Southern Hospitality – Justin Timberlake
- 6 Cafe Zoetrope – Francis Ford Coppola
- 5 Sur – Lisa Vanderpump
- 4 Beso – Eva Longoria
- 3 Le Tagine – Ryan Gosling
- 2 Nobu – Robert De Niro
- 1 Market Restaurant – Tony Hawk
14 Awesome Celebrity-Owned Restaurants You’ll Want To Eat At
Everyone loves going out to eat, and celebrities are starting to cash in on that by opening up their own restaurants! With the money behind them to create the most beautiful spaces and to purchase the best of ingredients, we imagine that these 14 restaurants serve the tastiest food ever! Check them out and let us know in the comments if you've ever visited any of these cool celebrity-owned restaurants!
'Southern Hospitality' – Owned by Justin Timberlake, in Manhattan's Upper East Side. The Memphis-style barbecue place is renowned for it's yummy food and guest celeb bartenders!
'Do Hwa' – Owned by Quentin Tarantino, in New York City. It is an awesome Korean barbecue restaurant, and the food looks delicious!
'40/40 Club' – Owned by Jay-Z. This place is a restaurant, sports bar and lounge with an up-market feel.
'Rustic' – Owned by Francis Ford Coppola. It features wonderful fine dining, while using produce and herbs from their own organic garden!
'Bess Bistro' – Owned by Sandra Bullock, in downtown Austin, Texas. The eatery is famous for using locally sourced and excellent quality ingredients, many of which come from their own one-acre farm nearby.
'Zoom' – Owned by Robert Redford, in Park City, Utah. It is located in a restored train depot!
'Soul Kitchen' – Owned by Jon Bon Jovi, in Red Bank, New Jersey. With no prices on the menu at all, diners can either volunteer for an hour to pay for their meal or they can make the minimum donation. Paying more than the minimum will pay for someone else's meal. What an awesome idea!
'Wahlburgers' – Owned by Mark Wahlberg and his brothers, in Boston, Massachusetts. It now boasts restaurants in various locations and it even has a reality TV show!
'Cabo Wabo' – Owned by Sammy Hagar. It attracts tourists from all over the world. The restaurant is a 'must' if you're ever near Cabo San Lucas, Hollywood, Lake Tahoe or Las Vegas!
'Hogan's Beach' – Owned by Hulk Hogan, in Tampa Bay, Florida. The bar and grill which turns into a club at night is an incredibly popular spot with tourists, and locals a!
'Locanda Verde', 'The Tribeca Grill' and 'Nobu' – Owned by Robert De Niro, in New York City. 'Nobu' in particular has become a real 'hit' with celebrities and there are now quite a few of the Japanese restaurants around the world.
'SPiN' – Owned by Susan Sarandon. There are ping pong-themed restaurants in NYC, Los Angeles, Toronto and Belgium.
'Beso' – Owned by Eva Longoria. This is a Hollywood restaurant and club.
'I Love This Bar & Grill' – Owned by Toby Keith. It is a chain of southern-style bars, in which he owns them all. They feature guitar-shaped bars and live music, Toby's restaurants sound a whole lot of fun!
10 Celebrity-Owned Restaurants Actually Worth a Visit
When it comes to the world of celebrity-owned food companies, there’s no shortage of products and services to try out; heck, our soon-to-be president Donald Trump once started a steak company almost a decade ago. From Canadian rapper Drake’s Virginia Black Whiskey to Scarlett Johansson’s bougie Parisian popcorn Yummy Pop, I can almost guarantee that a celebrity has tried to start whatever food business idea you have.
However, within this realm of celebrity food brands comes an even more niche market: celebrity-owned restaurants.
Who could forget Britney Spears’ ill-fated eatery Nyla, which was named after the pop star’s two favorite places (New York and Louisiana) and woefully mismanaged? Or, what about Hulk Hogan’s bizarre Minneapolis-based Pastamania joint that featured Hogan action figures and closed less than a year after it opened?
However, they didn’t all meet such dismal fates.
If you’re interested in taking on famous people’s restaurants, there’s good news: Several of your favorite celebrities have actually struck gold when it comes to their own forays into the world of restauranteering, and even better, these 10 places below all have amazing breakfast and brunch options. Whether it’s a great chicken and waffles dish or a South African-Israeli brunch fusion (you can thank a certain Covert Affairs star for that), there’s plenty for you to try (and Instagram geotag) on this list.
Justin Timberlake, Southern Hospitality BBQ
Justin Timberlake is an entertainment triple threat, but it looks he can also add “brunch boss” to his list of impressive accomplishments. At his New York City-based joint Southern Hospitality BBQ, you can get lunch and dinner every day as well as a weekend brunch option that includes unlimited mimosas with your ‘cue. I’m not sure about that combination, but it’s worth a shot.
Ludacris, Time Restaurant
Ludacris’ newest Atlanta eatery, Time Restaurant, features a number of incredible menu items, including brunch options smoked salmon bagel burgers and chicken and waffles. And because you can’t mention Ludacris without a pun: Yes, this food does in fact look absolutely ludicrous in the best possible sense.
Hugh Jackman, Laughing Man Coffee
Actor Hugh Jackman is the co-owner of Laughing Man Coffee, an extension of his Laughing Man Foundation. Jackman sells coffee produced from Ethiopia and donates all the proceeds to charity. Even better, if you can’t make the trip to New York to go to his cafe for yourself, you can also order Laughing Man Coffee Keurig cups online.
Sandra Bullock, Walton’s Fancy and Staple
Located in Austin, Texas, Walton’s Fancy and Staple is known for its delicious diner- breakfast, amazing deli meats, and to-die-for desserts. No one doubted that Sandra Bullock was talented, but her restaurant is next level.
Gladys Knight and Ron Winans, Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles
Love Southern comfort food? Singers Gladys Knight and the late Ron Winans opened this Atlanta-based joint and serve all the favorites, from collard greens and catfish to ribeye steak and (you guessed it) chicken and waffles.
Heath Ledger, Five Leaves
Ledger was in the midst of creating a charming Brooklyn eatery at the time of his passing in 2008. While he may no longer be with us, his creation, Five Leaves, is still around, and it’s serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and drinks.
Toby Keith, I Love This Bar & Grill
While the Massachusetts restaurant specializes in Southern lunch and dinner food, don’t skip their the Sunday brunch, which offers French toast, breakfast burritos, and biscuits and gravy.
Armie Hammer, Bird Bakery
You probably recognize Hammer’s name from The Social Network and The Man From U.N.C.L.E, but it turns out he’s been busy cooking up a business with his wife Elizabeth Chambers. The two co-own Bird Bakery in Dallas, which has breakfast offerings Nutella bread and pimento cheese popovers.
Ty Burrell, The Eating Establishment
The Modern Family star just announced this year that he became one of the new owners of the Eating Establishment, a Salt Lake City-based eatery that serves classic American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Piper Perabo, Jack’s Wife Freda
The popular New York restaurant chain are an Instagram lover’s dream. Because the two original owners hail from Israel and South Africa, it’s no surprise that there’s a mix of dishes from both countries on the breakfast menu, peri peri sweetbreads and matzah ball soup.
10 Celebrity-Owned Restaurants You Need To Try
If you had all the money in the world, where would you eat? You could conceivably choose to dine out every single night after all, so where would you go? You could go for the most expensive places if you want. You could also try out a hole in the wall that you hear makes incredible food. If you are many celebrities though, you could also choose to eat at your own restaurant.
Famous people often try their hands at the restaurant business. It can be incredibly lucrative if it is done properly, so they feel that it is a worthy investment for them, their families, and their brands.
Celebrities normally throw quite a bit of money into creating a unique and five-star dining experience, so you will find that many of the best restaurants are owned by people whose names you recognize.
Here are 10 celebrity-owned restaurants you need to try ASAP.
10 The 40/40 Club- New York, NY
The 40/40 Club is a high-end, baseball-themed sports bar and lounge located in New York City. It's owner is worth over a billion dollars; you know him as Jay-Z. The 40/40 Club is dedicated to the four MLB players to have ever hit 40 or more home runs and steal 40 or more bases in a single season, a unique feat of power and speed.
They are Jose Canseco, Alfonso Soriano, Alex Rodriguez, and Barry Bonds, and their memorabilia, as well as other star athletes' memorabilia, is peppered around the entire bar and lounge.
It features five VIP rooms, an impressive menu of comfort food and high-end entrees, a litany of beer and cocktail options, and plenty of TV screens for you to choose from.
9 Soul Kitchen- Red Bank, NJ
You probably won't find many dining options quite the Soul Kitchen, owned by Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea. This restaurant is run by volunteers, using only the finest local ingredients.
The real interesting aspect of Soul Kitchen, however, is that people with all different economic backgrounds end up eating together. They offer free meals to those who cannot afford it.
No matter if you are a paying customer or a person who has fallen on hard times, you can still enjoy the same delicious three-course meal, which features meat and vegan options.
8 FGL House- Nashville, TN
The name of this restaurant is pretty straight-forward after you know who owns it; Florida Georgia Line. The famous country band named their Nashville restaurant after the band's initials, and added some other elements related to the Florida Georgia Line too.
While the restaurant is mostly known for Southern-style comfort food, you can order the exact salads that the band's own personal chef makes for them when they're on tour. If you're looking to grab a cocktail, you might just enjoy a drink made with Old Camp Whiskey, Florida Georgia Line's own brand of whiskey.
7 Walton's Fancy & Staple- Austin, TX
Austin, Texas has long been a popular stomping ground for young foodies looking to enjoy some innovative dining options. Sandra Bullock's Walton's Fancy & Staple helps satisfy these cravings.
This adorable spot is a bakery, coffee shop, and deli, while also offering catering services and flower arrangements.
You can organize a party with them, or choose to simply sip on some coffee, enjoy some Southern-style comfort food, or order a dessert from their bakery.
6 Sweet Chick- Los Angeles, CA
This chicken and waffle spot in LA is owned by Nas, the rapper and entrepreneur. It features a “Today was a Good Day” neon sign, quoting Ice Cube, as well as a photo of Samuel L.
Jackson as DJ Love Daddy (from Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing). This sleek dining option's style is matched by the quality of it's food.
The chicken and waffles may be what they're known for, but other options the crawfish hush puppies and the shrimp and grits might also tickle your fancy.
5 The Cutting Room- New York, NY
If you're in the city and trying to enjoy some music, check out The Cutting Room. This restaurant features an intimately-placed stage that lets you enjoy your meal and appreciate the musicians.
Owned by Chris Noth (you probably know him from Sex and the City), patrons of The Cutting Room have gotten the chance to see acts John Mayer, David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Sheryl Crow, and Sting. The menu is diverse, serving everything from lobster, to steak, to salad, to even pizza.
4 Little Pine- Los Angeles, CA
Foodies, specifically the vegetarian variety, will absolutely love Little Pine in LA, owned by Moby.
The restaurant is molded to look you are eating inside someone's home, with couches, bookshelves, and Moby's own personal photography hanging on the walls. This restaurant is completely non-profit.
All of the proceeds go towards animal rights foundations, so you can both enjoy a delicious meal while also knowing that you are helping animals in need. VegNews gave Little Pine its Restaurant of the Year Award in 2016.
3 Nic & Norman's- Senoia, GA
If you are a fan of The Walking Dead, then you will love Nic & Norman's, owned by Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl in the hit AMC show, and Greg Nicotero, one of the show's directors.
They decided to open the restaurant in Senoia, where much of the series is shot, and you will find plenty of memorabilia to geek-out over inside the restaurant.
Nic and Norman's serves as a stellar place to devour a gourmet burger, much a Walking Dead zombie would.
2 Spin- New York, NY
Huge drink menu? Check. Delicious and diverse food menu? Check. Ping pong tables?… Check. Believe it or not, that is the trio of attractions waiting for you at Spin, owned by Susan Sarandon.
This place combines a game you played as a kid with a huge range of adult beverages and a diverse, high-end menu.
Be it a date night or an outing with friends, Spin offers fun for people of all ages and all walks of life.
1 Saints and Sinners- New Orleans, LA
Of all the cities in the United States, New Orleans might be the one that boasts the widest array and the most unique palette of flavors.
Channing Tatum decided to capture all of that delicious culture with his restaurant, Saints and Sinners, located right on Bourbon St.
As one of the highest-rated restaurants in the country, this is a great place to go if you're trying to enjoy some authentic Louisiana Creole food.
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10 Successful Celebrity-Owned Restaurants
Celebrity brands are flying around in department stores wildfire. Lifestyle collections, clothing, footwear and more are being branded with celebrity names and selling fast. There are very few celebrity-owned businesses that are not branded with their names. Celebrities who own restaurants fall into that category generally get into the business because of a genuine interest.
Unfortunately, since the restaurants are not branded with the celebrity's name, they often meet the same fate as the other 60 to 90 percent that go business each year.
Most star-struck fans would love to eat in a restaurant named Robert DeNiro or Eva Longoria. Yet, they the stars seem to avoid that level of restaurant branding so consequently more celebrity restaurants go business than anyone realizes.
Danny DeVito, Jennifer Lopez, Ashton Kutcher and a myriad of others have opened restaurants that are now closed.
Even Lisa Vanderpump's Villa Blanca, which is a reasonably priced, beautifully decorated and comfortable restaurant in Beverly Hills is now for sale.
In truth, culinary-inspired celebrities may not realize beforehand that the restaurant business is not for just anyone. The key elements, no matter who the owners, are great chefs, location, scrumptious menus, atmosphere, price point and marketing. It truly takes a village.
To be as current as possible, we made our list of the most successful celebrity restaurants yesterday. Our selections are annual revenue for the market in which they are located, number of years in business and reviews.
10 Zoom – Robert Redford
If you find yourself visiting the enchanting Park City, stop in Robert Redford's Zoom restaurant for some of the local flavor.
The epicurean menu includes items Ahi Tuna Taco, Grilled Hearts of Romaine Salad and Buffalo Bayette with roasted marble potatoes, greens and blue cheese butter.
Chef Ernesto Rocha is the creator behind the cuisine while Redford is the face.
The restaurant's building is steeped in history as it was once the Union Pacific railroad depot that occupied the space since the late 1880s. We love it when celebrity restaurants add value to their surrounding area and Zoom has been a highlight since 1995.
9 40/40 Club – Jay Z
Jay-Z is a visionary. He not only forged ahead with his musical success, he also envisioned the future of sports bars and lounges. In 2003 he got into the restaurant business to give New York sports-fans a place to hear live music and eat great food while steeped in sports memorabilia from some of the country's most significant games.
The menu includes favorite sports bar fare along with some pretty creative dishes, such as the executive King Crab Sliders, Collared Greens with Tobacco Butter and Flame Grilled Tequila Chicken with corn and jalapeno salsa and Sweet Potato Donuts. Currently there are two locations: Barclay's Center in Brooklyn and on W 25th street near Madison Square Garden.
8 Dominick's – Rose McGowan, Laura Dern and Ben Harper
One of West Hollywood's oldest restaurants, Dominick's used to be a local hangout for the famous Rat Pack of yesteryear. It was opened in 1948 as a lounge and speakeasy and frequently saw the s of Frank Sinatra and his gang. At the time, it was considered an exclusive hangout for friends and family.
It was bought out by the three talented entertainers, McGowan, Dern and Harper, who partnered with executive chef and co-owner Brandon Boudet. Their renovation focused on returning the location to a modern version of what it once was and its early years of success were again achieved. The place is always packed and is still a great place to star-gaze.
In keeping with the original atmosphere and menu, Chef Boudet offers wonderfully traditional Italian fare, such as Rice Balls with Mushrooms & Mozzarella, Housemade Rigatoni w/Crispy Eggplant and Whitefish Picatta.
7 Southern Hospitality – Justin Timberlake
This down home barbecue restaurant was founded in 2007 by partners Justin Timberlake, Eytan Sugarman and Trace Ayala after their success with Destino, a country style Italian restaurant.
Although Destino has since closed, Southern Hospitality is still going strong. It truly is down-home comfort food and atmosphere where patrons have a plentiful selection of sliders, smoker specialties and much more.
The menu includes fusion dishes, such as Smokey Mountain BBQ Nachos and Philly Cheese Steak Eggrolls. The restaurant's success is partly due to the owners' understanding of what it takes to start small and build slowly. The business model has low risk and the owners are now offering franchise opportunities.
6 Cafe Zoetrope – Francis Ford Coppola
Anything with the Zoetrope name must be good. After all Coppola knows how to make an offer that no one can refuse, right? Coppola did name the cafe after his successful production company American Zoetrope.
It is a warm, European-style cafe that offers traditional Italian cuisine.
The interior is replete with original and unique memorabilia from Francis's past successes, which adds a lot of warmth and almost being invited into the Coppola's own living room.
It is located in San Francisco's Sentinel Building, which is owned by Coppola and is a historic landmark in North Beach. The menu includes authentic Italian items such as Spaghetti all Puttanesca, Spaghetti alla Carbonara Classico and also adds an eclectic flare with items such as a New Orleans-style Muffaletta, Cobb Salad and an assortment of pizzas.
Some reviewers call this Coppola's Masterpiece and the San Francisco diners have loved dining there for over 14 years.
5 Sur – Lisa Vanderpump
Because of Lisa Vanderpump's co-starring role on the Housewives of Beverly Hills, the restaurant Sur got to star in a reality show of its own, which is partly due to its huge success.
The environment is all Hollywood, as it is obvious that the staff was selected for their above average looks and outside careers as models, actors and entertainers.
We learned a lot about the restaurant through the staff's interpersonal dramas on Vanderpump Rules, but that isn't why it is on the list.
Lisa happens to be a magnificent restaurateur and oversees every last detail to ensure they are up to her high standards. The restaurant is clearly a hit and continues to receive great reviews the eclectic menu, luxurious decor and hip atmosphere. Some of the local favorites include traditional and unique pastas, Rack of Lamb, Skirt Steak and Seared Ahi.
Although the restaurant has not been in business much more than three years, it was an instant success. The reality show, of course, had a lot to do with incredible publicity that brought droves of people to the restaurant. But, it truly is Vanderpump's magic touch.
4 Beso – Eva Longoria
Eva Longeria, best known for her role in the hit television series Desperate Housewives, is now a restaurateur par excellence.
Longeria partnered with celebrity chef, Todd English, to develop the Latin-inspired steak and seafood restaurant.
Evidently, Eva added a few of her own recipes and together she and English have rocked Hollywood with their upscale, romantic atmosphere.
The menu is creatively original and offers dishes Lobster Quesadilla, Baby Back Ribs with black-eyed pea salsa and apple slaw and Grilled Pork Chop with raisins and sweet potato mash.
The restaurant has experienced over seven years of success, with outstanding reviews and fans.
3 Le Tagine – Ryan Gosling
Moroccan food is surprisingly popular in Los Angeles, especially since Ryan Gosling opened the doors of the Le Tagine restaurant in Beverly Hills. Of course, Chef Ben is the other part of this successful equation, as is sommelier, Chris Angulo.
Reviews refer to Le Tagine as “a hidden gem”, as it is a very small hideaway with a warm and inviting atmosphere. Soothing jazz plays in the background of the candlelit room that is decorated with mirrors, portraits and comfortable banquettes.
The menu was created to appeal to Moroccan aficionados and lovers of Mediterranean food. Some of the more unique dishes include Bastilla, which is Cornish hen and scrambled eggs in a light phyllo dough, Lemon Chicken Couscous and Grilled Quail.
Reports say Gosling put up a small fortune to open this labor of love and so far the restaurant has beat the restaurant closure rate and continues to grow in popularity. We call that success by anyone's measure.
2 Nobu – Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro partnered with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, they struck the perfect culinary chord.
The flagship restaurant is located in the Tribeca district of Manhattan, not far from De Niro's Tribeca Grill, and is considered one of NYC's finest Japanese restaurants.
Always busy and generally a great place for celebrity-sighting, Nobu's sushi and sashimi menu is vast and popular.
Chef Nobu's special creations are exciting and the menu displays his culinary genius. There are now 30 Nobu locations throughout the world, including Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, Mexico and the Caribbean. There seems to be no stopping this duo.
1 Market Restaurant – Tony Hawk
Down the street from the famous Del Mar Race Track is top skateboarder's, Tony Hawk's, culinary masterpiece, Market Restaurant. Chef/Proprietor Carl Schroeder's menu is changed daily and is classified as master chef quality.
His artistry permeates the menu selections, the fresh preparation and the detailed presentation of all of the dishes. Some of the current favorites include Maytag Blue Cheese Souffle & Sweet White Nectarines, Duck Confit & Sour Cherries and Local Grapefruit & Avocado Salad.
Del Mar is a city slightly north of the beautiful city of San Diego, and has a solo location in a fairly non-commercial area, so the food and atmosphere must be outstanding. The restaurant is considered one of the best and most successful celebrity restaurants in the country by renowned food critics, reviewers and locals a.
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