We all dream of dining with actors such as the overwhelmingly handsome Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, Ashton Kutcher, and Anthony Mackie. Well, now we can! Celebrities all over the country are taking on projects in the restaurant business, after all, for some it was their first gig. From Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn to Beverly Hills, and back to Harlem, the celebrity owned restaurant is becoming increasingly popular.
Here are a few gems to watch out for. “Blue Valentine” and “The Notebook” star Ryan Gosling is one of the owners of Beverly Hills Moroccan eatery Tagine who he opened with Abdessamad Benameur, aka “Chef Ben.” Further east, in the trendy Tribeca area of Manhattan, is Locanda Verede; partly owned by Robert De Niro and with Italian food by Andrew Carmellini this place is not to be missed.
Media mogul Ted Turner has added restaurateur to his résumé. Ted’s Montana Grill is a chain that can be found in Colorado, Montana and across the East Coast. With eats like burgers, crab cakes, French fries and onion rings you’ll leave saying “God Bless America.”
Anthony Mackie, “The Hurt Locker” heartthrob will actually be cooking and serving his fare at NoBar in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, yum.
The late Heath Ledger had more up his sleeve than method acting. Five Leaves was one of the actor’s ongoing projects and despite the tragic downfall of its founder, the Greenpoint, Brooklyn restaurant has a homey feel where diners can order dishes like Amish chicken and beet ravioli.
In addition to being one of the world’s best auteurs, and having numerous wine labels, Francis Ford Coppola has a stylish restaurant, “Rustic”, in Geyserville, CA with a menu filled with Italian-American dishes, his signature wines, and some choice cocktails.
Dolce Enoteca e Ristorante is a must if you happen to be in Atlanta and care to visit former “That ’70s Show” stars Ashton Kutcher and Wilmer Valderrama’s Italian hotspot.
And finally, this list wouldn’t be complete without Doug E. Fresh’s Chicken & Waffles. The hip-hop pioneer brings Harlem, NYC the classic Southern dish, and boy, are we thankful.