It’s not exactly their bread and butter, but an investor’s stake in a restaurant is a side of (wait for it) PRIME MEAT for celebrities. Just enough to satisfy their appetite for some pocket change or to fill their impromptu St. Bart’s piggy bank fund.
Here are the savvy stars whose portfolio’s include a dining establishment à la carte…
Robert De Niro’s Nobu – Highly acclaimed actor of Deer Hunter turned co-founder of first-rate sashimi eatery, Robert De Niro has pretty refined taste. That he teamed up with chef Nobu Matsuhisa to realize their venture isn’t surprising. What is though is that he’d champion seafood over all other cuisines. You’d think the guy from Goodfellas and The Godfather II was more a lasagna and potato gnocchi kind of guy, right?
Kanye West’s Fatburger – His business portfolio is no longer limited to Louis Vuitton backpacks and neon shutter shades. In 2010, ‘Ye purchased the ownership rights to 10 Chicago-based Fatburger franchises. You can’t just wake up and have properties like Jay-Z, you have to start somewhere.
Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C. – Put “celebrities” and “restaurants” in the same sentence and one is bound to own a steakhouse. And of course in this case it’s going to be owned by a bonafide baller. Located in New York’s Grand Central terminal, the transportation heart of the city, it ranks among the best steak houses in Manhattan.
Eva Longoria’s Beso – Before she was “Ready For Love,” she was ready for a romantic dinner. The “Desperate Housewives” star teamed up with celeb chef Todd English for this steak house and Latin fusion concept.
Pete Wentz’s Angels & Kings – Depending on whether you read Rolling Stone or Us Weekly, you either know Pete Wentz as professional bassist of Fall Out Boy or professional ex-husband of Ashlee Simpson. What neither of you knew, though, was that he owns a 1940s-inspired whiskey bar in Chicago…with Perez Hilton.
Ryan Gosling’s Tagine – The Beverly Hills slice of Moroccan cuisine heaven has a guardian angel in the presence of Ryan Gosling. The actor is a part-owner of the intimate eatery. Now you know where your odds of running into Ryan and accidentally getting married to him are.
Mark Wahlberg’s Wahlburgers – Not so surprising considering the name, but worth highlighting. Mark’s taste is very blue collar, as displayed by the ownership of his Massachusetts burger joint. If you’ve never heard of it before, you will soon. It’s getting its own reality show.