5 Celebrity Restaurants That Failed

J.Lo's foray into food wasn't as successful as her acting and music career
By Margeaux Klein,  Newser User
Posted Oct 24, 2015 1:09 PM CDT
FILE - In this Tuesday, June 10, 2014 file photo, Jennifer Lopez poses for a portrait in promotion of her new album "AKA" at the Standard High Line Hotel, in New York. Lopez's album “A.K.A.” released...   (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, file)

(Newser) – There are few industries as volatile as the restaurant biz, but that doesn't seem to stop celebrities from plunking down the money needed to open up a restaurant. Below is just a small sampling of celebs whose eateries went belly up:

  1. Steven Spielberg's Dive!: What could go wrong with a submarine-themed restaurant that serves sub sandwiches and other nautically-related dishes? Apparently, a lot. It closed its doors in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles after five years in business.
  2. Britney Spears' Nyla: Oops! The pop princess' problematic Cajun restaurant in NYC, named for New York and Louisiana, lasted only six months before she bailed.
  3. Jennifer Lopez's Madre's: Not even J.Lo's star status could keep her Puerto Rican restaurant afloat. Sadly, the Pasadena eatery shuttered after a 6-year-run in 2008 due to "lackluster" reviews.

  1. Kevin Costner's The Clubhouse: Ten years is a long time in the world of celebrity restaurants (and Hollywood marriages). But the actor's Costa Mesa restaurant, which was decorated like a "fancy country club," closed in 2009.
  2. Flavor Flav's trio: The rapper-turned-reality star attempted three different restaurants (Flavor Flav’s Chicken & Ribs near Detroit, Flav’s Fried Chicken in Iowa, and House of Flavor in Las Vegas), but all failed within a year of their opening.
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