And not one Trump Grille in the mix
When it comes to the world of celebrity-owned food companies, there’s no shortage of products and services to try out; heck, our soon-to-be president Donald Trump once started a steak company almost a decade ago. From Canadian rapper Drake’s Virginia Black Whiskey to Scarlett Johansson’s bougie Parisian popcorn Yummy Pop, I can almost guarantee that a celebrity has tried to start whatever food business idea you have.
However, within this realm of celebrity food brands comes an even more niche market: celebrity-owned restaurants. Who could forget Britney Spears’ ill-fated eatery Nyla, which was named after the pop star’s two favorite places (New York and Louisiana) and woefully mismanaged? Or, what about Hulk Hogan’s bizarre Minneapolis-based Pastamania joint that featured Hogan action figures and closed less than a year after it opened?
However, they didn’t all meet such dismal fates. If you’re interested in taking on famous people’s restaurants, there’s good news: Several of your favorite celebrities have actually struck gold when it comes to their own forays into the world of restauranteering, and even better, these 10 places below all have amazing breakfast and brunch options. Whether it’s a great chicken and waffles dish or a South African-Israeli brunch fusion (you can thank a certain Covert Affairs star for that), there’s plenty for you to try (and Instagram geotag) on this list.
Justin Timberlake, Southern Hospitality BBQ
Justin Timberlake is an entertainment triple threat, but it looks like he can also add “brunch boss” to his list of impressive accomplishments. At his New York City-based joint Southern Hospitality BBQ, you can get lunch and dinner every day as well as a weekend brunch option that includes unlimited mimosas with your ‘cue. I’m not sure about that combination, but it’s worth a shot.
Ludacris, Time Restaurant
Ludacris’ newest Atlanta eatery, Time Restaurant, features a number of incredible menu items, including brunch options like smoked salmon bagel burgers and chicken and waffles. And because you can’t mention Ludacris without a pun: Yes, this food does in fact look absolutely ludicrous in the best possible sense.
Hugh Jackman, Laughing Man Coffee
Actor Hugh Jackman is the co-owner of Laughing Man Coffee, an extension of his Laughing Man Foundation. Jackman sells coffee produced from Ethiopia and donates all the proceeds to charity. Even better, if you can’t make the trip to New York to go to his cafe for yourself, you can also order Laughing Man Coffee Keurig cups online.
Sandra Bullock, Walton’s Fancy and Staple
Located in Austin, Texas, Walton’s Fancy and Staple is known for its delicious diner-like breakfast, amazing deli meats, and to-die-for desserts. No one doubted that Sandra Bullock was talented, but her restaurant is next level.
Gladys Knight and Ron Winans, Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles
Love Southern comfort food? Singers Gladys Knight and the late Ron Winans opened this Atlanta-based joint and serve all the favorites, from collard greens and catfish to ribeye steak and (you guessed it) chicken and waffles.
Heath Ledger, Five Leaves
Ledger was in the midst of creating a charming Brooklyn eatery at the time of his passing in 2008. While he may no longer be with us, his creation, Five Leaves, is still around, and it’s serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and drinks.
Toby Keith, I Love This Bar & Grill
While the Massachusetts restaurant specializes in Southern lunch and dinner food, don’t skip their the Sunday brunch, which offers French toast, breakfast burritos, and biscuits and gravy.
Armie Hammer, Bird Bakery
You probably recognize Hammer’s name from The Social Network and The Man From U.N.C.L.E, but it turns out he’s been busy cooking up a business with his wife Elizabeth Chambers. The two co-own Bird Bakery in Dallas, which has breakfast offerings like Nutella bread and pimento cheese popovers.
Ty Burrell, The Eating Establishment
The Modern Family star just announced this year that he became one of the new owners of the Eating Establishment, a Salt Lake City-based eatery that serves classic American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Piper Perabo, Jack’s Wife Freda
The popular New York restaurant chain are an Instagram lover’s dream. Because the two original owners hail from Israel and South Africa, it’s no surprise that there’s a mix of dishes from both countries on the breakfast menu, like peri peri sweetbreads and matzah ball soup.