Celebrities certainly love investing their money in New York restaurants and occasionally these places turn out to be pretty successful. Haute Living takes a look at a few of the latest celebrity-owned bars and restaurants, all of which opened over the past three years.
NoBar: 608 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn
The Hurt Locker star Anthony Mackie opened this New Orleans-themes bar earlier this year. He said, “I wanted a nice local spot where I could relax, play pool or watch a game and get a beer for $5, so I just decided to open one.”
Mermaid Oyster Bar: 79 MacDougal Street, New York
Zach Braff (from Scrubs) is an investor in this popular seafood restaurant and has even plugged the restaurant on TV a few times.
Buffalo Boss: 554 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
Rapper and music mogul Jay-Z is one of the owners of this wing joint near the Brooklyn Academy of Music. His cousin, Jamar White co-owns and operates the place and Jay’s sister and mother are investors.
Five Leaves NY
Heath Ledger was working on the Greenpoint restaurant at the time of his death and the money from his estate was used to finish the build-out. Knowing how important the project was to Heath, his father Kim released the funds to make sure the restaurant was completed.
Laughing Man Coffee & Tea: 184 Duane Street, New York
This Tribeca coffee shop is owned by actor Hugh Jackman and a few of his friends. Reportedly, Jackman got the idea for the coffee shop when he met a farmer on a trip to Ethiopia. He hopes to build global partnerships with various growers and donate a significant portion of the money to charity.
Locanda Verde: 377 Greenwich Street, New York
This restaurant is co-owned by actor Robert De Niro and is always packed with people looking for a fantastic Italian meal. De Niro reportedly opened this place to replace his failed Italian restaurant, Ago.
Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs: 135 W. Broadway, New York
Rangers left wing Sean Avery and goalie Henrik Lundqvist are partners in this Tribeca bar and restaurant, along with nightlife specialist Matt Abramcyk. Avery is known to help out quite a bit around the restaurant, saying, “Some Swedish guys on vacation were shocked when I filled their water glasses…I’m doing everything I can – except my chef doesn’t want me in the kitchen.”
Source: Eater New York