Chicken and beer. How can you go wrong? Well, Ludacris doesn’t seem to think you can because the rapper just opened up a restaurant in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport called Chicken & Beer.
Luda is not the only pop star to take their creative energy into the kitchen. Whether they’ve tried and failed, or are still thriving serving meat on a bun at exorbitant prices, here are Ten More Restaurants Run By Pop Stars.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Britney Spears[/lastfm]-NYLA (New York)
Early in the ‘Noughts, Spears had a Manhattan-based restaurant called NYLA which stood for “New York” and “Louisiana”–Spears’ home state. The place served Southern food but was quickly abandoned by BritBrit because of gross mismanagement.
And apparently, equally as gross food.
Donnie Wahlberg and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg[/lastfm] – Wahlburgers (Hingham, Mass.)
The two Wahlberg brothers banded together to get their name humorously emblazoned on a burger joint in Massachussets called Wahlbrugers.
They also own a Mediterranean restaurant called Alma Nove named after their mother.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jermaine Dupri[/lastfm]-Cafe Dupri (Atlanta)
Rapper and producer, Jermaine Dupri, is pretty talented at cooking up some magic in the studio. In the kitchen? Not so much.
The musician opened a “healthy gourmet” restaurant in Atlanta in 2005 that closed down only three years later–despite franchising talks in the early stages.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kanye West[/lastfm] - Fatburger (Chicago)
“What she order? Fish filet.” Wrong fast-food restaurant, Kanye. In 2008, West opened two Fatburgers in the Chi-town area.
If you can’t teach a man to fish, bring him Fatburger is what we say.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay-Z [/lastfm]- 40/40 Club (New York)
Jay-Z is like King Midas–everything that man touches turns to gold. Or really amazing buffalo wings. Almost the same thing.
So we’re not suprised that Hova’s upscale NYC “sports bar” is so successful that the star is looking into opening a London location.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lady Gaga [/lastfm]- Joanne (New York City)
Although Lady Gaga is only an “investor” in her father’s Upper West Side Italian restaurant, the location has a lot of meaning to the international pop star–it’s only two blocks away from where Baby Monster grew up.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Queen Latifah [/lastfm]and[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Pharrell[/lastfm] – Fatburger (Florida)
We can’t fault Queen Latifah and Pharrell for wanting to own a Fatburger. There has been many a post-cocktail night that we’ve craved their clean-tasting meat and skinny fries.
Imagine if you could just roll up into a Fatburger at anytime and get a custom order? Oh wait. That might be dangerous.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Diddy[/lastfm]-Justin’s (Atlanta)
Besides New York, Atlanta seems like the preferred place for a celebrity to open up a resturaunt. Diddy has his own called Justin’s–a swank soul food spot named after his son with down home cooking but an exposed brick wall and pretty chandilier.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Justin Timberlake[/lastfm] - Southern Hospitality BBQ (New York City)
Newly-engaged Justin Timberlake can totally get all the “Carry Out” he wants from his Southern Hospitality BBQ in New York City.
Apparently, Timberlake sometimes even spontaneously performs there. How’s that for “southern hospitality?”
We hope you like it “well-done” because Justin does “it well.”
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jennifer Lopez[/lastfm]-Madre’s (Pasadena)
Madre’s isn’t open anymore, but when the restaurant opened in 2002 it was once a very pretty, shabby-chic decorated adventure into Puerto Rican/Cuban food.
There’s no word on why it closed six years later in 2008, which is unfortunate because it was actually pretty good.
- Did we miss your favorite pop star owned restaurant? Let us know in the comments!
[Source: Vancouver Sun]