Not only are they busy making movies, music or sporting history, but many stars also seem to love branching out into the restaurant business. Depending on where in the United States (or even overseas) you live, you might just find that the next time you eat out, a celeb is actually partially responsible for your meal!
From New York City and Los Angeles to New Jersey, Boston, Park City, Las Vegas and Dubai, there are celebrity-owned restaurants all around the globe. If you've got an appetite for dining at star-studded venues, read on for a run-down of ten top restaurant options.
10 Mark Wahlburg – Wahlburgers, Boston
Recently the subject of a new reality TV series that documents the ins and outs of Chef Paul Wahlberg (until now a less well-known family member), Wahlburgers’ is a gourmet burger restaurant located in Boston and also owned by Mark Wahlburg and his other brother Donnie.
9 Robert Redford – Zoom, Park City
8 Chris Noth – Cutting Room, New York City
7 Ashton Kutcher – Ketchup, Dubai
6 Jay Z – 40/40 Club, New York City
Open for more than a decade, Jay Z’s 40/40 Club in New York City is a 12,000 square feet, high-end sports bar that doubles as a nightclub and hot dining spot. The Club got its name from a baseball feat that only four players in history have achieved – that of hitting 40 home runs and stealing 40 bases in a single season.
5 Bon Jovi – Soul Kitchen, New Jersey
Well-known rocker Jon Bon Jovi opened his “pay-what-you-can” charitable restaurant in 2011, in a former auto body shop in central New Jersey. The Soul Kitchen Community Restaurant, run by the JBJ Soul Foundation, is a venue with no prices on the menu – instead, diners can simply donate what they choose to (or can afford to) pay for their meal, or are able to participate in volunteer work at the venue in exchange for their food.
4 Michael Jordan – The Steak House, New York City
Retired basketball sports star, Michael Jordan used his popular brand name to branch out into a number of food businesses as part of the Cornerstone Restaurant Group. One of the Group’s most well-regarded establishments is Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C. Named after the athlete and designed to reflect his sense of style, the venue is located on the balcony of architectural landmark, the Grand Central Terminal. If you’re a train or history buff then you’ll love this venue. The restaurant, created in 1998, pays homage to luxurious train travel and has a layout that’s reminiscent of a dining car.
3 Ryan Gosling – Tagine, Los Angeles
2 Eva Longoria – SHe by Morton’s, Las Vegas
Previously one of the Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria has gone on to create what is labelled a “female-friendly boutique steakhouse” located within The Shops at Crystals at Aria Las Vegas. The new restaurant opened in 2013 (replacing her previous establishment Beso) and combines fine dining with fashion and music. She is a partnership between Morton’s and Longoria and the space features private dining rooms; an indoor/outdoor lounge; runway fashion shows held during meals; and inviting decor.
1 Robert De Niro – Nobu, New York City
While Robert De Niro is a co-founder of a multitude of restaurants, the first Nobu restaurant in New York is the most renowned. The actor invested in and co-founded the flagship restaurant of Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa after having discovered his talents at earlier venue Matsuhisa. De Niro urged his friend to create a flagship restaurant in New York City and the venue opened in 1994.
Nobu New York serves up innovative, modern Japanese cuisine in the suburb of Tribeca and has been a hit pretty much since it first opened. The establishment has gone on to receive rave reviews and been awarded three stars from The New York Times, plus a Michelin star.
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