16 bars and restaurants you didn't realise were owned by celebrities

Hollis JohnsonWahlburgers is one of the most well-known examples.
  • Many celebrities own bars and restaurants around the world.
  • Robert De Niro is co-owner of the famous sushi restaurant, Nobu.
  • Donnie and Mark Wahlberg opened Wahlburgers.
  • Actor Justin Theroux recently opened a bar in New York City called Ray’s.
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Many celebrities have made names for themselves working in several fields, including the food industry.

While some celebrities opt to model, promote their favourite products, or even start their own fashion lines, others follow their hearts (and stomachs) and invest in their own restaurants.

From fast-food joints to meaderies, here are some celebrity-owned bars and restaurants you may not have known about.


Jay-Z is a co-owner at 40/40 Club.

@the4040club/InstagramThe restaurant also acts as a sports club.

Although he’s known for his music career, rapper Jay-Z has also made a living as co-owner of this upscale sports bar and lounge. It first opened in 2003 and recently underwent $US10 million in renovations.

Jay-Z is also reportedly a co-owner of popular brunch spot The Spotted Pig if sports aren’t really your thing.


Olivia Culpo opened Back40 in Rhode Island.

Back 40The restaurant offers comfort food.

Former Miss Universe winner Olivia Culpo opened a restaurant with her family in 2017. The Back40 serves up American comfort food in a cosy Rhode-Island barn.


Robert De Niro is co-owner of the famous sushi restaurant, Nobu.

Ethan Miller/ Getty ImagesRobert De Niro and chef Nobu Matsuhisa

Co-owned by Robert De Niro and Japanese chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, Nobu is one of those can’t-miss sushi spots.

If you have to pick just one location to visit, opt for Nobu Downtown, which is as upscale as dining in New York City can get. De Niro also owns Tribeca Grill, where sushi isn’t even an option.


Piper Perabo is part owner of New York’s Jack’s Wife Freda.

Craig Barritt/GettyPiper Perabo attended the opening of its West-Village location.

Actress Piper Perabo might not own the Coyote Ugly bar in NYC, but she is part owner of famed brunch spot Jack’s Wife Freda and is an investor in Employee’s Only, a “speakeasy” in the West Village.


Justin Timberlake is co-owner of Southern Hospitality in New York City.

Bennett Raglin/GettyThe restaurant serves Southern food.

Southern Hospitality is a restaurant offering good eats and good music, courtesy of co-owner Justin Timberlake. Touted as serving warm, southern food your “Granny” would make, the eatery has two locations in NYC, one on the Upper East Side and one in Hell’s Kitchen near Times Square.


Lady Gaga is a partial owner of her parent’s Joanne Trattoria in New York City.

@ryanscolong/InstagramHer parents own it with her.

Lady Gaga became a part-owner of her parent’s trattoria in 2010. Order a bottle of red and enjoy the Italian-American cuisine while secretly hoping Lady Gaga walks through the front door.


Richard Gere co-owns Bedford Post Inn in Bedford, New York.

Bedford Post InnThe inn is cosy.

This cosy inn located in upstate New York is co-owned by none other than Richard Gere. Together with his wife and longtime friends, Gere opened the inn in 2007 and the group has since opened two restaurants on the property for guests to enjoy.


Drake opened Pick 6ix Sports in Toronto, Canada.

Pick 6ixPick 6ix has a flashy vibe.

Rapper Drake has also left his mark on the restaurant scene. He owns a Toronto eatery that also acts as a lounge and sports bar.


Donnie and Mark Wahlberg opened Wahlburgers.

Hollis JohnsonWahlburgers has multiple locations.

As the name suggests, famous siblings Donnie and Mark Wahlberg own this chain of namesake burger joints along with their chef brother, Paul. You never know when one of them might pop in and say hello.


Quentin Tarantino owns Dō Hwa in New York City.

Do HwaDō Hwa serves Korean food.

You might spot owner Quentin Tarantino writing his next blockbuster film at this Korean food joint in NYC.


Susan Sarandon’s SPiN offers food and ping-ping.

SPiN New York/FacebookSPiN sounds like a fun time.

Part restaurant, part ping-pong arena, Susan Sarandon took her love of the table-top sport to a whole new level when she became a part-owner in SPiN, which has since opened several locations worldwide.


Dylan Sprouse co-owns All-Wise Meadery in New York City.

All-Wise PRDylan Sprouse has gone far since Disney Channel.

The former Disney-Channel star is co-owner of All-Wise Meadery, which opened in 2018.


Chip and Joanna Gaines opened Magnolia Table in Waco, Texas.

Magnolia TableIs there anything they can’t do?

This HGTV power couple already owns a bakery in Waco, Texas, so opening their restaurant Magnolia Table seemed like the next logical step. Boasting both breakfast and lunch foods, this eatery is a must-visit spot for fans of the couple.

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Sandra Bullock opened Walton’s Fancy and Staple in Austin, Texas.

Walton’s Fancy and Staple/FacebookThe menu looks delicious.

If you’re in Austin and craving some Southern comfort food, look no further than actress Sandra Bullock’s Walton’s Fancy and Staple. Featuring both bakery eats and plenty of deli options, this restaurant also has a florist inside in case you want to treat yourself to some post-meal blooms.


Hugh Jackman owns Laughing Man Coffee in New York City.

Laughing Man/FacebookHe frequents the shop.

Owned by Hugh Jackman, this NYC coffee shop is a popular spot. Aportion of the cafe’s proceeds go to the Laughing Man Foundation, which aims to support coffee-farming communities around the world.


Justin Theroux recently opened a bar in New York City called Ray’s.

Instagram/justintherouxThe bar is minimal.

The actor recently opened Ray’s, which is a self-proclaimed dive bar that has no drink menu and fairly minimal decor. The bar also has a pool table inside.

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