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
5 Celebrity Restaurants That Failed
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 on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. It featured collaborations with Iggy Azalea, Nas, Pitbull, Rick Ross and...   (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, file)

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.
Click to read about Hulk Hogan's Pastamania restaurant and 14 other celebrity businesses that failed miserably. (More restaurants stories.)

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