The food industry is thriving, and there are a number of celebrities taking a bite out of the market. Many stars have launched their own restaurants, either as passion projects or as an investment. Here, Celebrity Intelligence takes a closer look at seven stars who have entered the business.
Robert De Niro: Locanda Verde and Nobu
Somewhat of a heavyweight in the restaurant industry, Robert is part of a number of ventures. Most notably, he co-founded the infamous Nobu, alongside award-winning chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Others include New York City restaurants Locanda Verde, which launched in 2009 and Tribeca Grill, which opened in 1990, as well as Italian fine dining joint, Ago.
Jon Bon Jovi: JBJ Soul Kitchen
The rocker’s restaurant concept comes with a charitable twist. JBJ Soul Kitchen has no prices, but you can choose to donate for your meal or volunteer in exchange for it. The restaurant runs with the slogan, ‘Community dining with dignity’.
Justin Timberlake: Southern HospitalityJustin pays homage to his hometown of Tennessee with Southern Hospitality, which serves up a Memphis-style BBQ menu. Launched in New York City in 2007, with Eytan Sugarman and Trace Ayala, the business was built on ‘uncompromising standards’ and staying true to ‘an authentic heritage that cannot be duplicated’.
Olivia Culpo: Back 40
The Cranston-native launched Back 40 in Rhode Island in August 2017, together with her father, Peter and cousin, Joshua. The menu is said to reflect New England’s four seasons and includes 24 taps and a cocktail programme to complement the food on offer.
Ryan Gosling: Tagin
eTagine in Beverly Hills was co-founded by the actor before he found stardom. Inspired by his friend’s grandmother’s cuisine, the restaurant debuted in 2004, after Ryan and his friends failed to find sufficient Moroccan food in LA. With just ten tables, the restaurant is described as a ‘home away from home’.
Mark Wahlberg: Wahlburger
sWahlburgers is a family affair, with brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul teaming up to create the chain, the first of which launched in Hingham, Massachusetts. A&E Network produced a reality show of the same name, giving a behind-the-scenes look into the business and receiving an Emmy nomination in 2014.
Giuliana and Bill Rancic: RPM RestaurantsHusband and wife duo, Giuliana and Bill turned their passion for food into a number of restaurants. Under the RPM Restaurants brand, they have launched two Italian eateries (one in Chicago and one in Washington DC), based on Giuliana’s heritage, as well as one Steak house in Chicago.