For most celebrities, opening a restaurant is a successful venture. It’s something many celebrity athletes, musicians, actors and actresses have done. Some celebrities even seem to have the magic touch like Robert De Niro, with Locanda Verde, Nobu, and Tribeca Grill. However other celebrities just can’t seem to get a good restaurant going. Just recently it was reported that Eva Longoria’s Vegas location of Beso, the Latin-inspired steakhouse she opened with Chef Todd English, had been operating in bankruptcy since January. And let’s not forget Kenny Rogers Roasters, a chicken restaurant made so popular by Seinfeld. All of their restaurants have closed here except for the one in Ontario, California. Fortunately they are continuing to flourish in Asia though.
Here’s 5 examples of celebrity restaurants that just didn’t make it.
For 5 more Celebrity Restaurant Fails, including Kevin Costner’s The Clubhouse, Jermaine Dupri’s Café Dupri and Jennifer Lopez’s Madre’s, see this slideshow of 10 Celebrity Restaurant Fails at The Daily Meal.
For some successful celebrity restaurants see The Daily Meal’s 25 Best Celebrity-Owned Restaurants and 10 Best Athlete-Owned Restaurants.