Celebrities across the country have taken their talents off the main stage and put them into restaurants. The number of celebs throwing their names on bars and eateries is pretty astonishing. Bet there are at least a handful of celebrities on this list you had no idea were moonlighting as restaurant owners.
Nic & Norman’s, Secoia, GA
The Walking Dead actor opened this restaurant in Secoia, Georgia, where the AMC series is films. Reedus has a namesake burger on the menu: Norman’s burger is a big ol’ bunless bison patty topped with beetroot, spinach, onions, and a fried egg.
He opened it as a sort of homage to the area and so that his fellow crew members had a home away from home.
Saints and Sinners, New Orleans, LA
This “barstaurant”on Bourbon Street is a nod to New Orleans’ burlesque district (thus, the pink interior). When it opened in 2012, there were rumors it was going to be a Magic Mike themed bar. It’s not. Sorry, ladies.
Joanne Trattoria, NYC
Otherwise known as Stefani Germanotta, Lady Gaga became a partner in her family’s pasta and pizza eatery on the upper west side in 2010. She even blamed the restaurant for her noticeable weight gain in 2014 (great gorilla marketing tactic!). Anyone who owned a classic Italian restaurant would probs do the same, tbh.
Chicken + Beer, Atlanta, GA
Named after his triple platinum album Chicken-n-Beer, the Grammy-winning rapper opened the Southern-style comfort food hub inside the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (Concourse D) in 2016. On the menu: Crawfish + Corn Fritters, Shrimp + Grits, and Pork Belly Sliders. Also: Luda’s Chicken and Pecan Waffles.
Jon Bon Jovi
Soul Kitchen, New Jersey
Now with two locations, Red Bank and Toms River, Jon and his wife opened Soul Kitchen in 2011 to offer people in need a place to eat without judgement. The restaurants are both volunteer-run and operate on a “pay it forward” model, where diners can pay or work off their meal by volunteering in the kitchen. All ingredients used are sourced locally.
Yummy Pop, Paris, France
If you loved popcorn as much as Scar-Jo, you too would likely open your own gourmet popcorn shop…with a barbershop theme…in Paris Riiight? Flavors include chocolate strawberry, strawberry cream, truffle parmesan, and Canadian maple and cheddar.
Lachey’s Bar, Cincinnati, OH
Along with brother Drew, the former boybanders opened their namesake sports bar in 2015. Oh, and they do make an appearance once in awhile to film episodes for their A&E reality series named…wait for it…Lachey’s Bar.
Fat One’s, Orlando, FL
Speaking of former boybanders, Joe Fatone from NSYNC opened his own hot dog stand named after the cruel nickname some fans gave him. Being the plump band member isn’t easy, but it sure does make naming your restaurant easy! Plus, he’s super cute, so no matter.
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Fat Ones is located inside the Florida Mall in Orlando.
Mark & Donnie Wahlberg
Walton’s Fancy & Staple, Austin, TX
Sandra Bullock isn’t just cool on screen, she owns a super hip, totally Instagramable mercantile that sells pastries, sandwiches, coffee, flowers, and a full sit-down Southern menu that’s heavy on biscuits. Her French restaurant, Bess Bistro, closed in 2015.
Laughing Man Coffee, NYC
Jackman opened this Tribeca cafe in 2011 after meeting a young man who was working as a struggling coffee farmer in Ethiopia to support his family. The coffee shop is now an extension of his advocacy work to help farmers in developing countries sell their products. All proceeds go directly to charity.
Au Fudge, Los Angeles, CA
The actress, who has a son with Justin Timberlake, opened her family-friendly eatery in 2016. There’s sweets for the little, cocktails for the grown-ups, and healthy-leaning California cuisine somewhere in the middle.
Clutch, Venice, CA
This roadhouse bar and restaurant off Highway 1 is owned by actor Jon Huertas (This Is Us, Castle, Generation Kill). It has a focus on dry-rubbed barbecue, Cali-Mex fusion, craft beer and classic cars. Not necessarily int that order.
Mermaid Oyster Bar, NYC
When you’re a foodie and have you have money, you open an oyster bar. That’s what the Scrubs star did in 2009 when he bought this seafood restaurant in Greenwich Village with a former high school classmate-turned-chef.
Not exactly the kind of bar you’d expect an Oscar-winning actress to own, but it’s certainly been successful for Sarandon. Since opening her first location in NYC, she’s opened several more in Los Angeles, Chicago and Vegas.
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She’s also expanded internationally, so far to Toronto and Dubai. Flatbread, sliders, shakes and other one-handed-friendly foods can be found on the menu.
Whiskey Row, AZ, TN
Southwestern cuisine, a whiskey library, loud music and a party vibe that lasts well into the evening. Country music singer Dierks Bently pretty much has his business model figured out.
This legendary actor is associated with more NYC-born restaurants than anyone else on this list, including Tribeca Grill, Locanda Verde and his first born, Nobu, which now has locations in nearly 40 cities including Budapest.
Do Hwa, NYC
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This name of this 70s-inspired bar stands for Vintage New York Lifestyle. The three-story, 7,000 square foot space 7,000-square-foot space opened in 2016, complete with a record store front and center. VNYL offers specialty cocktails and California-inspired food.