10 Gross Violations at Celeb Restaurants
Even Ryan Gosling's restaurant is not necessarily safe
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2013 2:33 PM CDT
Actor Ryan Gosling attends the premiere of Focus Features' "The Place Beyond The Pines" at the Landmark Sunshine Theater on Thursday March 28, 2013 in New York.   (Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Thinking it might be fun to go out to eat at a celebrity-owned restaurant? Well, you might think twice about that idea after reading Radar's list of 20 health code violations found at such establishments. A sampling:

  • At the Chicago location of Pete Wentz's Angels & Kings Bar, inspectors found "a slimy surface" inside the ice machine, no sneeze guard on the buffet, and unprotected food, among other things.
  • There was a little problem with hazardous chemicals at Eva Longoria's Beso in LA, plus some ready-to-eat food possibly exposed to contamination.
  • Not even your drink is safe at Bill and Giuliana Rancic's RPM Italian in Chicago, where dirty soda gun dispensers were just one of the problems found.
  • Don't let your server touch your food at Gloria Estefan's Bongo Express, where investigators found the handwashing supplies provided were not sufficient.
  • Bachelor Brad Womack's Dogwood restaurant in Austin got a concerning score of 72 out of 100 on a recent inspection. Let's just say that's not good.

  • At basketball star Yao Ming's Yao Restaurant & Bar in Houston, even your dishes might not be safe: Inspectors found the dishwasher wasn't clean.
  • Lots of things, including food contact surfaces, were found to be dirty at Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffles in Atlanta, plus inspectors found improperly labeled food and dates not marked properly ... and a slew of other problems.
  • Ryan Gosling might be hot, but at his Beverly Hills restaurant, Tagine, inspectors found improper food temperatures, among other problems.
  • Another restaurant that had serious food temp issues: Mike Ditka's Chicago steakhouse, Ditka's.
  • Is that a hair in your soup? It just might be at Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump's Villa Blanca in LA, where investigators found problems with employee hair restraints, clothing, nails, and rings, plus a host of other issues.
Click for the complete list, including the one celebrity-owned restaurant you may actually want to eat at—it got zero violations in its last inspection.

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Oct 21, 2013 7:51 AM CDT
If this scares you, think of your local restaurant, often far less equipped than a multi million dollar mega star.
Oct 21, 2013 7:11 AM CDT
It seems not so long ago, the food critics were blasting Guy Fieri's newest restaurant in New York City - mostly because they felt the fare wasn't up to their usual snotty intellectual standards. Looks like the critics should have focused their efforts elsewhere.
Oct 20, 2013 11:32 PM CDT
Having worked as a server and as a manager in several restaurants, you can find health code violations in every restaurant in the USA if you look hard enough. Just because its a celebrity owned restaurant doesnt make it any different. Maintenance gets skipped, coolers break down, but the daily customers have to be served so you do the best you can. And just because the handwashing supplies were deficient in a washing station doesnt mean that everyone's hands are filthy.