Big-name celebrities can make millions of dollars through touring, selling albums, acting gigs, appearances, and more.
So, it’s no surprise that they’d want to use some of their earnings to pursue other entrepreneurial paths. For many of them, that means breaking into the restaurant world.
But this industry is as competitive as ever, and even eateries started by people with a huge fanbase can struggle to stay afloat. We compiled a list of celebrity restaurants that have broken away from the pack with the help of Gather. Read on to find out who made the cut.
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, the duo making up Florida Georgia Line, have dominated the country music charts since 2012.
When they decided to get into the restaurant industry, it only made sense to open their eatery in their hometown of Nashville, a.k.a. Music City.
FGL House is a four-level venue that sits right in the middle of the honky-tonk district. It features live country music daily, and a restaurant that creates Southern-style cuisine with a Californian twist.
Whether you’re interested in relaxing in the basement piano lounge while sipping on a martini or taking in the view of the city from the rooftop, you’re sure to have a honky-tonk time at FGL House.
Learn more about FGL House in our TC Restaurant Group case study.
E.P. & L.P.
What happens when a world-famous electronica DJ decides to get into the restaurant industry?
E.P. & L.P. is one of the hippest restaurants and lounges in Hollywood. Axwell, of house-music supergroup Swedish House Mafia, invested in this two-story space, which opened its doors in 2015.
The ground floor is E.P., a Southeast Asian and South Pacific restaurant featuring an intimate chef’s table and interactive kitchen. The second story houses L.P., a 4,000-square-foot rooftop lounge that features views of the Hollywood Hills and a late-night menu.
You could easily spend the whole night here, feasting on yellow chicken curry or twice-cooked short rib, and ending the night sipping on craft cocktails around a firepit.
While Jimmy Buffett became a pioneer of “island-themed” music in the ‘70s and ‘80s, he’s now set his sights on becoming a hospitality powerhouse.
His most famous restaurant, Margaritaville, can now be found in over 30 locations across America and the Caribbean.
The minute you walk into a Margaritaville, you’ll be transported into an island-like environment (and depending on the location, you might even be on an actual island).
Sit back, relax, and order anything from coconut shrimp to blackened salmon. Don’t forget the margarita.
SUR Restaurant & Lounge
For Lisa Vanderpump, it was the restaurants that came before her now-widespread fame. The British restaurateur, author, and TV personality owns a whopping 26 outposts (restaurants, bars, and clubs) across the globe, along with her husband Ken.
Along with stints on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Lisa became an executive producer of Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules. The show stars staff members of Vanderpump’s L.A.-based restaurant, SUR.
With all that star power, it’s no wonder there’s often a sizeable line of patrons waiting to get into this posh eatery, hoping to experience a celeb sighting of their own (while dining on the spot’s signature fried goat cheese balls followed by a SUR cosmo, of course).
Dierks Bentley is well-known in the country music industry, but he’s also making a name for himself as a nightlife entrepreneur.
Over the last few years, he’s opened four locations of Whiskey Row (three in Arizona and one in Tennessee). This American gastropub has something for everyone — award-winning food and drinks, multiple stages for live music, and a rooftop bar.
The most recent Whiskey Row location, which opened in Nashville earlier this year, is located on the infamous Broadway Street and features three floors.
On the first floor, you’ll find two bars and a live music stage. On the second floor, you can dance along to a DJ or rent out the special VIP section. The third floor is downtown’s highest rooftop patio.
With so many areas to hang out and listen to music, it’s no wonder this concept has found lasting success.
Rock & Brews
In 2010, members of KISS decided to use their musical fame to follow one of their passions: opening a restaurant.
They aimed to combine rock ‘n’ roll music, craft beer, and classic comfort food into one concept — thus, Rock & Brews was born.
Currently, Rock & Brews has 23 locations across the country. They pride themselves on being a family-friendly restaurant, using only fresh ingredients from local communities, and even offering catering at a few of their eateries.
While having star power and a recognizable name definitely helps when opening a restaurant (particularly for the added publicity), it’s still a tough endeavor — and only the strong survive. We can’t wait to see what new famous concepts pop up over the next few years.
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