These Celebrities Tried to Get Into Food Only to Watch Their Dreams Wither and Die

They may all enjoy successful careers in entertainment, but not everyone is cut out for the restaurant business. For every Robert DeNiro, Ryan Gosling, Jon Huertas, Giuliana and Bill Rancic, and Gloria and Emilio Estefan, there’s a celebrity who tried their hand at a food-related business and failed.

Here, we’re taking a look at some popular stars who couldn’t take the heat and got out of the kitchen.

1. Donald Trump

Us President Donald Trump walks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House as he returns from his weekend trip to Mar-a-Lago, on February 12, 2017, in Washington, DC.

His food products failed. | Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images

Long before he became president, Donald Trump was a real-estate mogul and businessman who had many prosperous ventures but he also had many that flopped. The latter was the case with his Trump Steaks.

The product was sold by Sharper Image but was a complete failure, with CEO Jerry Levin admitting that they hardly sold any steaks. The fact that Trump likes his NY strips well done with ketchup may have had something to do with it.

Next: This pop princess’ restaurant incurred hundreds of thousands in debt. 

2. Britney Spears

Britney Spears is in a silver dress on the red carpet.

The pop star couldn’t get her restaurant to take off. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Britney Spears has had one of the most successful careers of any pop star, so she probably figured she could do anything like open a restaurant in Manhattan. Nyla’s Cajun-style menu was inspired by favorites from Spears’ home state of Louisiana, but diners accused the eatery of having really bad food and awful service.

A few months after it opened in 2002, the menu switched to Italian. However, that didn’t draw a crowd either, and it eventually shuttered that same year, but not before racking up $400,000 in debt.

Next: This actor’s restaurant wasn’t a complete failure. 

3. Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner’s restaurant stayed open for a decade. | Jason Kempin/Getty Images

In 1999, Kevin Costner partnered with Jerry Kleiner of Marche and Red Light, Doug Zeif of the Cheesecake Factory, and celebrities, Jack Nicklaus, Fred Couples, and Robert Wagner, to open The Clubhouse in Costa Mesa, California.

The restaurant didn’t have bad run, as it stayed open for a decade. However, the generous American-fare portions weren’t enough to keep people coming back, and in 2009, it closed its doors.

Next: This star’s celebrity diners couldn’t keep this spot open. 

4. Jennifer Lopez

Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez attends The Weinstein Company & Netflix's 2015 Golden Globes After Party presented by FIJI Water, Lexus, Laura Mercier and Marie Claire at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

Her restaurant was one of the few times one of Jennifer Lopez’s business ventures failed. | Ari Perilstein/Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez opened Madre’s in Pasadena in 2002. The eatery served traditional Puerto Rican dishes and was frequented by A-listers like Nicole Kidman and Ben Affleck.

It was the place to spot some celebs and check out what J.Lo might eat. The hoopla surrounding the restaurant eventually died down though, and it shuttered in 2008.

Next: This famous director couldn’t create the magic for this eatery. 

5. Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg at the Academy Awards

Steven Spielberg’s eatery failed to draw customers. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Director Steven Spielberg and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg teamed up to create a restaurant called Dive! that looked like something out of one of their movies.

In 1994, this submarine-themed restaurant, which served subs of course, opened, but went down for good within five years after failing to draw a steady business.

Next: This actress had two restaurants fail. 

6. Eva Longoria

The actress closed both of her restaurants. | Aaron Davidson/Getty Images

Eva Longoria tried breaking into the food business twice, but had the same result each time. In 2012, the actress opened the female-focused steakhouse SHe by Morton’s in Las Vegas. In 2014, the health department closed it after finding more than 20 code violations.

She also had the restaurant Beso in Hollywood, but a fight between a worker and a patron in 2016 brought about a lawsuit and Longoria ended up selling the establishment.

Next: These brothers weren’t meant for the restaurant business.

7. The Baldwin brothers

Stphen Baldwin is leaning over a book and is about to write.

Stephen Baldwin ended his involvement with his restaurant. | Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Billy and Stephen Baldwin put money, time, and effort into opening a restaurant on Manhattan’s posh Fifth Avenue in 1999, but it just wasn’t meant to be. The eatery, which served Mediterranean dishes, was named Alaia after Stephen’s daughter until the brothers decided to change it.

It was later called Luahn and marketed as a sleek lounge with fancy decor. When that failed to become a hot spot, there was another name change to Society 5. Stephen Baldwin then decided to end his involvement with the property, and the place shut down.

Next: The singer’s eatery was a victim of the “economic climate.”

8. Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde, of The Pretenders, performs on the Other Stage at the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm near the village of Pilton in Somerset, south-west England on June 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Her eatery closed down when the economy tanked. | Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde opened a vegan restaurant in her hometown of Akron, Ohio, in 2007. VegiTerranean was actually pretty successful, even being named one of the top five vegan restaurants in the country by Business Week.

But it wasn’t immune to an up and down economy, and Hynde was forced to close it in 2011.

Next: This wrestler’s eatery inside a famous mall had a short run.

9. Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan is giving two thumbs up at a podium in front of a Wrestlemania poster.

The wrestler’s pasta dishes didn’t attract customers. |  Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

In 1995, Hulk Hogan opened a restaurant in Minnesota’s Mall of America. The place was called Pastamania! and served entrees named after the wrestler such as the “Hulk-A-Roos” and “Hulk-U’s.”

Apparently though, shoppers of the famed mall weren’t into the Hulk pasta dishes, and the eatery ended up closing the same year it opened.

Next: This actress’ food TV show wasn’t gold like her sitcom.

10. Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr’s food-themed show didn’t last. | Mike Windle/Getty Images

TV star Roseanne Barr tried to create another television hit with a reality show all about food. The actress starred in the series titled Roseanne’s Nuts, which was all about her macadamia nut farm.

The show premiered on Lifetime in July 2011 but did not get a warm reception from viewers or critics. After several episodes and the same result, the show was canceled in September 2011.

Next: Even these gorgeous women couldn’t keep this spot afloat.

11. Naomi Campbell, Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer, and Christy Turlington

Elle Macpherson arrives at TwitterAU HQ

Elle Macpherson’s NYC restaurant closed down. | Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

If four gorgeous ladies and a sexy fashion theme eatery can’t stay open in NYC, what can? Fashion Café opened in Rockefeller Plaza in 1995 and was backed by supermodels Naomi Campbell, Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer, and Christy Turlington.

But its downfall is proof that restaurants can’t survive on just beauty and glitz to stay open. For a while, the place benefited from it’s high-traffic location, but that wasn’t enough to keep the doors open and it closed in 1998.

Next: This reality star’s successful empire doesn’t extend to food. 

12. Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian in Paris

Cupcakes were the one thing Kim Kardashian couldn’t sell. | Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Kim Kardashian may have had success in many business ventures, but cupcakes isn’t one of them. In 2010, the reality star partnered with Famous Cupcakes for her own cupcake mix.

Evidently, Kardashian’s fans weren’t into paying $13 for the vanilla mix, cupcake liners, and pink sprinkles because now if you do a search for her mix, you get a 404 error.

Next: This man also learned that reality TV stars and food don’t always mix.

13. Scott Disick

Man posing in suit and tie

Scott Disick’s attempt at a successful restaurant didn’t pan out.| David Becker/Getty Images

Speaking of the Kardashians, Kourtney’s ex, Scott Disick, learned that being successful on reality TV doesn’t translate to doing well in the restaurant biz. In 2012, Disick became co-owner of a Japanese restaurant in NYC’s Meatpacking District, but after just a few months and terrible reviews, Disick pulled out.

The place tried to remain open by selling sandwiches and fries via a pickup window. However, that concept didn’t work either and Ryu shuttered for good after five short months.

Next: These actors bit off more than they could chew with this space.

14. Jill Hennessy and Benjamin Bratt

His burger joint couldn’t stay open. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Actors Jill Hennessy and Benjamin Bratt opened Irving Mill to rave reviews all around in 2007. With such positive write ups and New York City buzzing about the yummy burgers, you would think this place would have made it.

So, what was the problem? After just two years, Irving Mill went under and the cause appeared to be too large of a space. Crowds hit up the eatery — just not in the numbers the space intended to hold. It was later taken over by Brother Jimmy’s BBQ.

NextThis entrepreneur seen more than one of his eateries close.

15. Sean Combs


Sean Combs closed both of his restaurants. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Sean “P Diddy” Combs had two restaurants of the same name close. The eateries, which opened in NYC and Atlanta, were named Justin’s for his eldest son, but they both closed after more than a decade.

The soul food spot in New York was the first casualty in 2007. Then in 2012, people decided to steer clear of the ATL property after it was deemed “dangerous” following a shooting in the parking lot, and it shut down as well.

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