28 Celebrity-Owned Restaurants and Bars
JUSTIN THEROUX, RAY'S
The actor revealed on Instagram that he would be opening a bar called Ray’s in N.Y.C.'s Lower East Side neighborhood “with a couple friends.” Rustic and cozy in appearance with country Western vibes, the bar will be located on Chrystie Street, where the now-shuttered Le Turtle once stood. (Theroux often promoted Le Turtle when it was still open.) The grand opening is set to take place on July 19, 2019.
PHARRELL, SWAN AND BAR BEVY
The singer partnered up with nightlife guru David Grutman on his latest project, a dual restaurant and cocktail lounge in Miami's Design District. Swan serves a menu created by executive chef Jean Imbert that "emphasizes clean eating," according to a press release, while Bar Bevy is open for drinks on the second floor. The space aims to bring a bohemian feel with a rooftop lounge, outdoor garden and pastel color palette.
DYLAN SPROUSE, ALL-WISE
After experimenting with mead—an alcoholic drink of fermented honey and water— in his dorm room at NYU, the former Suite Life of Zack and Cody star has co-founded his own distillery and tasting room in Williamsburg, N.Y. The 25-year-old says, "We want to bring mead to people as this new alcohol with an old history."
DRAKE, Pick 6IX
The Canadian rapper and his pal OVO Chubbs teamed up to create this Toronto restaurant with "top-tier service and an expansive menu" by executive chef, Antonio Park. The eatery, which aims to cater to celebrity clientele with a private entrance and VIP dining room, kicked off with a birthday bash for Dwyane Wade hosted by LeBron James. “We saw an opportunity in the Toronto restaurant scene for a much-needed, bold, high energy atmosphere," Chubbs said in a press release. "We are proud to have delivered this in Pick 6IX.”
OLIVA CULPO, BACK 40
The former Miss USA winner is going back to her roots by opening a family restaurant in her home state of Rhode Island alongside her father, Peter Culpo, and cousin Josh Culpo. Olivia celebrated the opening night on August 28, 2017 by posting a first look at the red farmhouse building, which seats 165 people including dining space on the back patio. The menu features "American comfort food" like crispy Brussels sprouts, a pepperoni burger and lobster mac and cheese.
CHIP & JOANNA GAINES, MAGNOLIA TABLE
Now that the Fixer Upper stars' Silos Baking Co. bakery is up and running, the couple is turning their attention to their next project: a new breakfast and lunch restaurant in Waco, Texas. The menu features Chip’s “famous ham sandwich,” as well as “the Farm eggs benedict, the Gaines Brothers Burger, and of course our homemade pies!” And, of course, the couple is taking great care with the overall look of the space: "We’ve spent a good amount of time finalizing the design of the new restaurant—from carefully choosing finishes, textures, and paint colors, to designing the tables, chairs, and light fixtures," Joanna writes in a blog post.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, FGL HOUSE
The multi-platinum duo—Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard—opened their very own four-level restaurant and entertainment venue called FGL House in Nashville in 2017, which they said felt like opening the doors to their home. “It was something BK and I always thought would be neat, whether it was a bar or a restaurant — we’ve talked about opening a coffee shop before,” Hubbard tells PEOPLE exclusively. “We have a knack for food and beverage; taking care of our friends and our people.”
JON BON JOVI, SOUL KITCHEN
When Jon and his wife Dorothea opened two locations of their volunteer-run Soul Kitchen in New Jersey, they wanted to create a community where diners pay if they can, a model that was Dorothea’s brainchild. “My wife does all the work,” Jon joked to PEOPLE. “And I get all the credit!” Unlike at a standard soup kitchen, diners of all socioeconomic backgrounds sit together at communal tables, as the restaurant serves both paying customers and those in need. All the ingredients used in the menu, which includes comfort food like pan-seared salmon, homemade jalapeno cornbread and spinach rice, are sourced within five miles.
SANDRA BULLOCK, WALTON'S FANCY & STAPLE
Although she closed her French restaurant Bess Bistro in 2015, Bullock still runs her hybrid bakery, takeout deli, coffee shop, florist and catering operation in Austin, Texas. On her Southern comfort food menu: biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits and, of course, honey-bee cake for dessert.
LUDACRIS, CHICKEN + BEER
The Grammy-winning rapper and hip hop artist teamed up with chef Andrew Tabb to open a new Southern comfort food spot in Atlanta's busy Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Named after his album Chicken-n-Beer, the supper-style restaurant menu includes dishes like Luda’s Chicken and Pecan Waffles with a whiskey-maple sauce and Cajun boiled-peanut hummus.
GLORIA & EMILIO ESTEFAN, ESTEFAN KITCHEN
The musician power couple opened their upscale Cuban eatery in Miami's Design District—serving everything from croquetas and bocaditos (bite-size sandwiches made with pimento cheese) to marinated roast pork and sweet plantain flat breads. “This is what people come to Miami for — great food, great drinks, great music,” Emilio told the Miami Herald.
HUGH JACKMAN, LAUGHING MAN COFFEE SHOP
In 1999, the Logan star and his wife Deb traveled to Ethiopia to visit a community development project and met a young coffee farmer named Dukale, who was working to lift his family out of poverty. Inspired by Dukale’s story, Jackman launched Laughing Man Coffee and opened his New York City coffee shop to help farmers in developing countries to sell their goods. Jackman donates all of the profits from the coffee to his Laughing Man Foundation, which he created to support educational programs, community development and social entrepreneurs around the world.
JON HUERTAS, CLUTCH
NORMAN REEDUS, NIC & NORMAN'S
Don't expect to see any zombies at The Walking Dead star's new restaurant. Located in Secoia, Georgia where the series is filmed, the eatery offers an American menu filled with options like Norman's burger (a bison patty with beetroot, spinach, onions, fried egg and mustard—without a bun), barbecue grilled flatbread, gourmet potpie and Georgia peach cobbler. “It’s something to pay tribute to the area where we shoot the show, and have the cast and the crew have a place to call their own," says co-owner and TWD director Greg Nicotero.
MARK & DONNIE WAHLBERG, WAHLBURGERS
The multi-hyphenate brothers opened the first location of their family-run burger joint in 2015 outside Boston. Since then, the Wahlbergs launched the Wahlburgers reality series on A&E and expanded their burger empire quickly—with plans to open 150 locations worldwide. “I realized what a great opportunity it would be to build a business with my family and pass it on to generations,” Mark told PEOPLE. When asked if he hopes to pass the business on to his kids Ella, 13, Michael, 10, Brendan, 8, and Grace, 7, he said, “Yes, that is the hope and the dream. Absolutely.”
SUSAN SARANDON, SPiN
The Oscar-winning actress opened her first ping pong venue and bar in New York City, and has since opened more SPiN clubs in Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto and even Dubai. For guests not into playing, there's plenty of eating to be had—including hearty flatbreads, sliders and milkshakes.
TY BURRELL, THE EATING ESTABLISHMENT
The Modern Family actor is adding another spot to his restaurant repertoire. Burrell's family-owned restaurant group recently purchased the traditional American eatery in Park City, Utah and plans to update the drink menu with brands from his other Utah mainstays, Beer Bar and Bar-X. "This is a local institution," he said. "We hope to maintain the name and spirit of the original."
ROBERT DENIRO, NOBU
The iconic actor has quite the culinary presence in New York City—opening Tribeca Grill, Locanda Verde and, the jewel of the collection, Nobu. Working with Nobu Matsuhisa, the Japanese chef who made black cod with miso famous, on the upscale eatery's menu, DeNiro has expanded the restaurant empire to open Nobu locations in over 35 cities, including Honolulu, Moscow and Budapest.
DANNY TREJOS, TREJO'S TACOS
The action star is taking on a new action-packed role: restaurant owner! The Machete actor is opening his first taco shack in L.A. – in a former Taco Bell building, funny enough – in spring 2015. The fast-casual joint will be serving cantina-styler bites, booze and, of course, a variety of tacos.
JAY Z, 40/40 CLUB
From Manhattan and Brooklyn to Atlantic City and Las Vegas, the rapper’s swanky sports bar and lounge caters to the masses from coast-to-coast, serving up gameday-inspired appetizers, hearty entrees, fine liquors and pricey bottle service. "I love sports and wanted to create an environment that is conducive to match my lifestyle, while watching the games at the same time," Jay Z said.
PIPER PERABO, JACK'S WIFE FREDA
Although the actress might have gotten famous playing a bartender in Coyote Ugly, in real life she owns two Manhattan restaurants: the newer Jack’s Wife Freda, in Soho, as well as Employees Only, which opened in 2005 in the West Village. At Jack's, owners Dean and Maya Jankelowitz are proprietors and co-owners, and hail from Israel and South Africa, respectively. The food at this cozy, locally loved spot takes its cues from the owners' roots: Along with standards like burgers and mussels, they've woven in dishes like matzo ball soup, fried fish balls and African peri-peri (flame grilled) chicken.
CHANNING TATUM, SAINTS AND SINNERS
You're either a saint or a sinner at Tatum’s restaurant-bar, a tribute to New Orleans nightlife and the city's Storyville red-light, Burlesque district. A good time is certainly in store for the bustling crowds of the Big Easy: The restaurant (which is decked out in contemporary bordello décor) provides a lengthy cocktail menu with sections dedicated to specialty drinks and dirty martinis.
LADY GAGA, JOANNE TRATTORIA
It's all in the family for the ARTPOP singer, who “loves eating pasta and pizza” at her parents' "warm and cozy" Upper West Side eatery. She became a part-owner in 2010. Located minutes away from N.Y.C.'s Central Park and Lincoln Center, the classic Italian restaurant boasts an extensive wine list, including "The Gaga Collection," a bottle selection featuring the singer's name.
DIERKS BENTLEY, WHISKEY ROW
In the mood for corn cakes, picklebacks and country music? Then you're in luck if you nab a seat at Dierks Bentley’s bar, located in the heart of Phoenix. In addition to the Southwestern-inspired cuisine, patrons can choose from a drink list featuring 40 different types of whiskey and Bentley's signature mixers.
ANTHONY MACKIE, NOBAR
The Captain America star and New Orleans native uproots Creole, Cajun and Southern cuisine to Brooklyn, fostering the feel of a neighborhood bar in a metropolitan city – all while hoping to shed light on one of the Big Easy's beloved concoctions: milk punch, a dairy-based cocktail dating back to the 19th century. "I hate when I go to a New Orleans–style bar and they're like, 'Oh, we have Bloody Marys,' " he told New York Magazine in 2013. "And I'm like, 'Do you have milk punch?' And they're like, 'What is that?' I'm like, 'You're not a New Orleans bar.' It's just as New Orleans as Sazeracs and Bloody Marys."
RYAN GOSLING, TAGINE
Hey girl, have you heard about Ryan Gosling's Beverly Hills restaurant? A dish from the cozy Moroccan eatery is worth every bite – it serves "food [the actor] would eat everyday for the rest of his life." But if you prefer alcohol over hummus, Gosling's (and co-owner Chef "Ben" Benameur) got you covered with an impressive drink collection, featuring imported wines and beers from around the world.
ZACH BRAFF, MERMAID OYSTER BAR
The self-proclaimed foodie's intimate seafood restaurant in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of N.Y.C. boasts a nautical New England theme, 16 varieties of oysters, a full bar and a brag-worthy celebrity following. Spotted there? One Direction's very own Harry Styles, who shared a bromantic and “romantic candlelit dinner” with Braff in December 2013.
TY BURRELL, BEER BAR
Attention beer connoisseurs: The Modern Family actor's bar might just have a brew right up your alley. The Salt Lake City beer garden offers 150 beers, housemade sausages and the restaurant's signature breakfast poutine, made with … you guessed it: beer gravy. "It's a super simple menu," Burrell told the Associated Press "Basic, but well-made and local. Instead of putting the energy into a lot of elements, [we] have fewer elements and are taking the time to make them right."