Much like making music, cooking is an art, so it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that some musicians are also deeply passionate about food. Some of those musicians have taken that passion to a new level and opened restaurants/fast food establishments that the public can go to for a great time - and, in some instances, catch a glimpse of their favourite artists.
We've put together a list of some of the most popular restaurants and fast food places run by musicians, as well as what you can expect if you eat at each one. If you're ever in the area, you should go check these out, because it's a way to get to know your favourite musicians just a little bit better.
When Eminem rapped about his "mom's spaghetti" on his huge track Lose Yourself, it became a moment in hip-hop that's lasted to this day. Funnily enough, it also makes a great name for a restaurant, which is why he's just opened up Mom's Spaghetti in Detroit, serving - you guessed it - spaghetti.
Eminem even recently appeared at the opening of the restaurant to serve fans, surprising those who'd lined up for hours just to eat at the restaurant. If you're ever in Detroit and you've got a craving for spaghetti or a "S'ghetti Sandwich" (aka a meatball sub), then you know where to go.
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Back in 2003, Jay-Z opened the 40/40 Club in New York City, with the name serving as an ode to Major League Baseball players that have scored 40 home runs and stolen 40 bases in a season. There are a couple of 40/40 Club locations, with a presence in both the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
If you're looking for some classy bar food, as well as somewhere with an extensive bottle service menu, then you'll want to hit up the 40/40 Club. Hov's always been about the finer things in life, and it's no surprise that an establishment that he owns provides the same experience.
Drake's had a couple of restaurants over his time, opening Frings back in 2015, before shutting down a short while later. Drake gave it another crack, opening Pick 6ix alongside Montreal chef Antonio Park in February 2018, before closing and re-launching in March 2019 as a sports bar. This wasn't enough to save Pick 6ix from its demise, with the establishment shutting its doors in February 2020.
However, Drake's decided that he's looking to make money in the chicken game, recently investing in a chain of restaurants called Dave's Hot Chicken. Speaking about their food, Drake says, “I tried the food and it was amazing. After meeting the founders and hearing their story, I jumped at the opportunity to invest.” Clearly, he believes in the work that founders Arman Oganesyan, Dave Kopushyan and brothers Tommy and Gary Rubenyan are doing, so maybe it's third time lucky for Drake?
Lady Gaga is a part-owner of Joanne Trattoria, a New York City restaurant that she owns with her parents, Joe and Cynthia Germanotta. The restaurant opened back in 2012, and it's been running ever since, becoming a hit with Gaga's fans, as well as those who want some Italian-American food while in the Big Apple.
Speaking about the restaurant, Gaga's mother told W, "When she’s in town she likes to come here with her friends because it’s very homey and private. She’ll come here on her time off.” If you're in town, you might just catch a glimpse of Gaga having a meal - if she's not in disguise, that is.
Rick Ross isn't just a star of the rap game, he's also a chicken mogul. Since opening his first Wingstop franchise back in 2011, he's gone on to reportedly own 28 Wingstop locations throughout the United States, even giving his son a franchise as a gift for his 16th birthday.
Speaking about Wingstop to Forbes, Rick says, “I just love Wingstop, As you can see, the energy in here is always fun. It’s always youthful. Not only that, you know they got my favorite lemon pepper wings in the world, so it’s just a natural attraction.” It's definitely turned out to be a worthwhile investment and one that looks likely to succeed for years to come.
Back in early 2017, Mel B and her husband, businessman Stephen Belafonte opened Serafina, an Italian restaurant located in California. If you're ever on Sunset Boulevard and you're looking for some pizza/pasta, then this is the place to go. Serafina is part of a New York City-based chain, and writing about the restaurant on Instagram, Mel B says, "It's a sexy hotspot if I may say so myself." Anyone else craving pizza?
Pharrell Williams has made a career out of working well with others, so it's not too much of a surprise that he's recently opened the Miami-based Strawberry Moon alongside David Grutman. If you're looking for a place that serves Mediterranean dishes and cocktails, then you'll feel right at home amongst the Art Deco decor of Strawberry Moon.
The pair have already worked on a restaurant together, opening Swan back in 2018. Swan's menu is a worldwide exploration of good food, serving classic dishes with modern twists. The head of Swan, French chef/winner of season three of Europe's Top Chef, Jean Imbert, is a long-time friend of Pharrell, and Pharrell's a big fan of his food.
Speaking to Miami Eater, he says, “He [Imbert] just bends your tastebuds and expectations in a way that you walk away going, ‘ok this is worth a conversation. And that is the purpose and the point and the ethos of Swan, to have an environment and food stimulate good conversation.” What more could you want from a night out?