As if dominating the silver screen, sports arenas, and Billboard charts wasn’t enough, these celebrities expanded their brands to restaurants.
Some, like Toby Keith and Jimmy Buffett, like to make it obvious they own the eatery, but others care more about elegance than their namesake.
From New York to Atlanta, we’ve got a roundup of the hottest restaurants owned by your favourite bold-faced names.
Cuisine: A 3-course meal based on American Regional cuisine
Fun Fact: There's no prices on the menu because there's a 'pay-what-you-can' policy. Paying for your meal is considered a donation. If you can't pay, they work out an arrangement for you to volunteer in the restaurant.
Fun Fact: DeGraw co-owns the restaurant with his brother Joey. The spot offers live music at its New York and Nashville locations.
Cuisine: New American
Fun Fact: There are four other locations in Atlantic City, Chicago, London, and Atlanta. The name 40/40 derives from a record only four men in baseball have obtained. Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano are the only players to have hit 40 home runs and stole 40 bases in a single season.
The New York 40/40 Club is currently undergoing a major renovation; union protesters were recently seen outside protesting with a giant blowup rat.
Cuisine: Eclectic American Cuisine
Fun Fact: Opened since 1999, celebrities such as Norah Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kid Rock, Vanessa Carlton, Chris Rock, Russel Crowe, and Sheryl Crow have performed at The Cutting Room.
Cuisine: Modern Italian
Fun Facts: On the restaurant's website, the atmosphere is described as such: 'Imagine the night stars glimmering through a canopy of trees as a young woman in hip hugger jeans sips a Dolce Flirtini on the patio.'
Cuisine: Modern American Steakhouse
Fun Facts: Ted Pryor is the executive chef at the New York location, his signature dish is a lush Brioche Crab Cake. There are also Chicago and Connecticut locations.
Fun Fact: Nobu Next Door in New York City originally opened as an extension of Nobu, but has become its own special place. A wall of seaweed, or nori, frames the entrance door. There are now several other Nobus around the world.
Cuisine: American Continental
Fun Facts: The restaurant is in an old Union Pacific railroad depot.
Fun Facts: The very first House of Blues opened its doors in a converted historical house in Cambridge, Mass. in 1992. It hosted live music, original folk art, and delta-inspired cuisine.
Cuisine: Southern Flare Pub Grub
Fun Facts: There are two New York Locations, one on the Upper East Side and another in Hell's Kitchen. Co-creators Eytan Sugarman and Trace Ayala help run the restaurants day-to-day.
Fun Facts: The brother's went through quite a process to acquire the 'Wahlburgers' name. A Tom Wahl was using the name for his Rochester restaurant, but the duo struck a deal to use the moniker at this new Massachusetts burger joint.
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