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34 Celebrity-Owned Restaurants and Bars

From Jon Bon Jovi and Jessica Biel to Channing Tatum and Norman Reedus, see which stars are taking a bite out of the food world

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OLIVA CULPO, BACK 40

The former Miss USA winner is going back to her roots by opening a family restaurant in her home state of Rhode Island alongside her father, Peter Culpo, and cousin Josh Culpo. Olivia celebrated the opening night on August 28 by posting a first look at the red farmhouse building, which seats 165 people including dining space on the back patio. The menu features "American comfort food" like crispy Brussels sprouts, a pepperoni burger and lobster mac and cheese.    

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CHIP & JOANNA GAINES, MAGNOLIA TABLE

Now that the Fixer Upper stars' Silos Baking Co. bakery is up and running, the couple is turning their attention to their next project: a new breakfast and lunch restaurant in Waco, Texas. The menu, Joanna writes in a blog post, will feature Chip’s “famous ham sandwich,” as well as “the Farm eggs benedict, the Gaines Brothers Burger, and of course our homemade pies!” And, of course, the couple is taking great care with the overall look of the space: "We’ve spent a good amount of time finalizing the design of the new restaurant—from carefully choosing finishes, textures, and paint colors, to designing the tables, chairs, and light fixtures," she writes. Chip and Joanna haven't revealed an opening date for the restaurant yet but say that "we are setting our sights on opening at the end of this year. Fingers crossed, everyone."  

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FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, FGL HOUSE

The multi-platinum duo—Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard—are opening their very own four-level restaurant and entertainment venue called FGL House in Nashville this summer, which they say will feel like opening the doors to their home. “It was something BK and I always thought would be neat, whether it was a bar or a restaurant — we’ve talked about opening a coffee shop before,” Hubbard tells PEOPLE exclusively. “We have a knack for food and beverage; taking care of our friends and our people.”

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TERESA GIUDICE, JOE AND MELISSA GORGA, GORGA'S HOMEMADE PASTA & PIZZA

The RHONJ stars officially put their dramatic past behind them, opening up an Italian restaurant together in East Hanover, New Jersey. The venture is a tribute to Joe and Teresa’s mother, Antonia, who passed away in March. “My mother loved to cook; it was like her drug,” Joe told PEOPLE. “I always told her I was gonna open up a restaurant for her. Then I got busy. While I signed a contract on this place we lost her. So this is for her.”

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JON BON JOVI, SOUL KITCHEN

When Jon and his wife Dorothea opened two locations of their volunteer-run Soul Kitchen in New Jersey, they wanted to create a community where diners pay if they can, a model that was Dorothea’s brainchild. “My wife does all the work,” Jon joked to PEOPLE. “And I get all the credit!” Unlike at a standard soup kitchen, diners of all socioeconomic backgrounds sit together at communal tables, as the restaurant serves both paying customers and those in need. All the ingredients used in the menu, which includes comfort food like pan-seared salmon, homemade jalapeno cornbread and spinach rice, are sourced within five miles. 

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SANDRA BULLOCK, WALTON'S FANCY & STAPLE

Although she closed her French restaurant Bess Bistro in 2015, Bullock still runs her hybrid bakery, takeout deli, coffee shop, florist and catering operation in Austin, Texas. On her Southern comfort food menu: biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits and, of course, honey-bee cake for dessert.

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LUDACRIS, CHICKEN + BEER

The Grammy-winning rapper and hip hop artist teamed up with chef Andrew Tabb to open a new Southern comfort food spot in Atlanta's busy Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Named after his album Chicken-n-Beer, the supper-style restaurant menu includes dishes like Luda’s Chicken and Pecan Waffles with a whiskey-maple sauce and Cajun boiled-peanut hummus. 

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SCARLETT JOHANSSON, YUMMY POP

The actress turned her passion for popcorn into a Paris shop serving gourmet flavors of the savory snack. Truffle parmesan, Canadian maple and cheddar are a few of the varieties available inside the barber shop-themed store. Johnasson opened Yummy Pop alongside from her French husband, Romain Dauriac, whose sister will help manage the shop, according to Yahoo!

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JESSICA BIEL, AU FUDGE

“We wanted to create a place where you bring your kids or your girlfriends,” the actress told PEOPLE about the family-friendly eatery she opened earlier this year in Los Angeles “My favorite thing is our vegan Caesar,” Biel says of the American menu. “And I love our turkey burger! The food element is a big part of it. I want people coming back for that.”

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GLORIA & EMILIO ESTEFAN, ESTEFAN KITCHEN

The musician power couple opened their upscale Cuban eatery in Miami's Design District—serving everything from croquetas and bocaditos (bite-size sandwiches made with pimento cheese) to marinated roast pork and sweet plantain flat breads. “This is what people come to Miami for — great food, great drinks, great music,” Emilio told the Miami Herald

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HUGH JACKMAN, LAUGHING MAN COFFEE SHOP

In 1999, the Logan star and his wife Deb traveled to Ethiopia to visit a community development project and met a young coffee farmer named Dukale, who was working to lift his family out of poverty. Inspired by Dukale’s story, Jackman launched Laughing Man Coffee and opened his New York City coffee shop to help farmers in developing countries to sell their goods. Jackman donates all of the profits from the coffee to his Laughing Man Foundation, which he created to support educational programs, community development and social entrepreneurs around the world.

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JON HUERTAS, CLUTCH

Not only is Huertas a star on NBC's hit-drama This Is Us, he also owns a rugged Cali-Mex restaurant in Venice, California. The Highway 1 roadhouse bar — a hot-spot for motorcyclists and classic car enthusiasts — features barbecue, surf and turf, and craft cocktails. 

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NORMAN REEDUS, NIC & NORMAN'S

Don't expect to see any zombies at The Walking Dead star's new restaurant. Located in Secoia, Georgia where the series is filmed, the eatery offers an American menu filled with options like Norman's burger (a bison patty with beetroot, spinach, onions, fried egg and mustard—without a bun), barbecue grilled flatbread, gourmet potpie and Georgia peach cobbler. “It’s something to pay tribute to the area where we shoot the show, and have the cast and the crew have a place to call their own," says co-owner and TWD director Greg Nicotero.

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MARK & DONNIE WAHLBERG, WAHLBURGERS

The multi-hyphenate brothers opened the first location of their family-run burger joint in 2015 outside Boston. Since then, the Wahlbergs launched the Wahlburgers reality series on A&E and expanded their burger empire quickly—with plans to open 150 locations worldwide. “I realized what a great opportunity it would be to build a business with my family and pass it on to generations,” Mark told PEOPLE. When asked if he hopes to pass the business on to his kids Ella, 13, Michael, 10, Brendan, 8, and Grace, 7, he said, “Yes, that is the hope and the dream. Absolutely.”

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DREW & NICK LACHEY, LACHEY'S BAR 

To mark the grand opening of their Cincinnati-based sports bar in 2015, the brothers and 98 Degrees bandmates celebrated with a VIP party where they tended bar and handed out dishes from their game-day menu. Since then, the brothers stop by their bar often—perhaps for a taste of their chipotle beef and bean chili—to film episodes of their A&E reality series Lachey's Bar

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MEL B., SERAFINA SUNSET

The New York City-based chain, Serafina, opened its first California location on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood in September after partnering up with the America's Got Talent judge and her husband, Stephen Belafonte. The menu includes Italian staples like pizza, pasta and seafood. "It's a sexy hotspot if I may say so myself," Mel B says of the space. 

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SUSAN SARANDON, SPiN

The Oscar-winning actress opened her first ping pong venue and bar in New York City, and has since opened more SPiN clubs in Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto and even Dubai. For guests not into playing, there's plenty of eating to be had—including hearty flatbreads, sliders and milkshakes. 

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JOEY FATONE, FAT ONE'S HOT DOGS & ITALIAN ICE

The former NSYNC singer's hot dog stand, located in the Florida Mall in Orlando, will serve up meal combos like the Gone Hollywood and the Boybander—five mini hot dogs symbolizing the members of his original pop group. The opening of Fat One's is set for August 2016.

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TY BURRELL, THE EATING ESTABLISHMENT

The Modern Family actor is adding another spot to his restaurant repertoire. Burrell's family-owned restaurant group recently purchased the traditional American eatery in Park City, Utah and plans to update the drink menu with brands from his other Utah mainstays, Beer Bar and Bar-X. "This is a local institution," he said. "We hope to maintain the name and spirit of the original."

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T.I., SCALES 925

The rapper's new Atlanta restaurant boasts a "comforting blend of southern cuisine and charm" with classic dishes like gumbo, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and black-eyed peas. Not to mention city views from the indoor/outdoor rooftop.

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ROBERT DENIRO, NOBU

The iconic actor has quite the culinary presence in New York City—opening Tribeca Grill, Locanda Verde and, the jewel of the collection, Nobu. Working with Nobu Matsuhisa, the Japanese chef who made black cod with miso famous, on the upscale eatery's menu, DeNiro has expanded the restaurant empire to open Nobu locations in over 35 cities, including Honolulu, Moscow and Budapest. 

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HINES WARD, TABLE 86

The former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver has a new restaurant and it's full of personal touches. Located in the Pittsburgh's Seven Fields neighborhood, the eatery is named after the jersey number (86) Ward wore in the NFL. The former Dancing With the Stars champ is also opening the adjacently-located Vines Wine Bar.

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DANNY TREJOS, TREJO'S TACOS

The action star is taking on a new action-packed role: restaurant owner! The Machete actor is opening his first taco shack in L.A. – in a former Taco Bell building, funny enough – in spring 2015. The fast-casual joint will be serving cantina-styler bites, booze and, of course, a variety of tacos.

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JAY Z, 40/40 CLUB

From Manhattan and Brooklyn to Atlantic City and Las Vegas, the rapper’s swanky sports bar and lounge caters to the masses from coast-to-coast, serving up gameday-inspired appetizers, hearty entrees, fine liquors and pricey bottle service. "I love sports and wanted to create an environment that is conducive to match my lifestyle, while watching the games at the same time," Jay Z said.

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PIPER PERABO, JACK'S WIFE FREDA

Although the actress might have gotten famous playing a bartender in Coyote Ugly, in real life she owns two Manhattan restaurants: the newer Jack’s Wife Freda
, in Soho, as well as Employees Only, which opened in 2005 in the West Village. At Jack's, owners Dean and Maya Jankelowitz are proprietors and co-owners, and hail from Israel and South Africa, respectively. The food at this cozy, locally loved spot takes its cues from the owners' roots: Along with standards like burgers and mussels, they've woven in dishes like matzo ball soup, fried fish balls and African peri-peri (flame grilled) chicken.

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JONATHAN JACKSON & STEVE BURTON, JACK AND JAMESON'S SMOKEHOUSE

The Nashville actor partnered up with his General Hospital co-star and friend to launch a family-friendly restaurant in Franklin, Tennessee. Although it hasn't opened yet, the owners promise "great BBQ, burgers and melts, local brews" as well as "word class" music.

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CHANNING TATUM, SAINTS AND SINNERS

You're either a saint or a sinner at Tatum’s restaurant-bar, a tribute to New Orleans nightlife and the city's Storyville red-light, Burlesque district. A good time is certainly in store for the bustling crowds of the Big Easy: The restaurant (which is decked out in contemporary bordello décor) provides a lengthy cocktail menu with sections dedicated to specialty drinks and dirty martinis.

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LADY GAGA, JOANNE TRATTORIA

It's all in the family for the ARTPOP singer, who “loves eating pasta and pizza” at her parents' "warm and cozy" Upper West Side eatery. She became a part-owner in 2010. Located minutes away from N.Y.C.'s Central Park and Lincoln Center, the classic Italian restaurant boasts an extensive wine list, including "The Gaga Collection," a bottle selection featuring the singer's name.

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DIERKS BENTLEY, WHISKEY ROW

In the mood for corn cakes, picklebacks and country music? Then you're in luck if you nab a seat at Dierks Bentley’s bar, located in the heart of Phoenix. In addition to the Southwestern-inspired cuisine, patrons can choose from a drink list featuring 40 different types of whiskey and Bentley's signature mixers.

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EVA LONGORIA, BESO

The actress’s Hollywood-based restaurant fuses classic steakhouse dishes and Latin flavors, along with signature cocktails made from muddled fruit, tequilas and sangria. "I'm so involved, I picked the uniforms," she told PEOPLE in 2007. "A lot of these are my recipes. We've developed a really fun menu."

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ANTHONY MACKIE, NOBAR

The Captain America star and New Orleans native uproots Creole, Cajun and Southern cuisine to Brooklyn, fostering the feel of a neighborhood bar in a metropolitan city – all while hoping to shed light on one of the Big Easy's beloved concoctions: milk punch, a dairy-based cocktail dating back to the 19th century. "I hate when I go to a New Orleans–style bar and they're like, 'Oh, we have Bloody Marys,' " he told New York Magazine in 2013. "And I'm like, 'Do you have milk punch?' And they're like, 'What is that?' I'm like, 'You're not a New Orleans bar.' It's just as New Orleans as Sazeracs and Bloody Marys."

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RYAN GOSLING, TAGINE

Hey girl, have you heard about Ryan Gosling's Beverly Hills restaurant? A dish from the cozy Moroccan eatery is worth every bite – it serves "food [the actor] would eat everyday for the rest of his life." But if you prefer alcohol over hummus, Gosling's (and co-owner Chef "Ben" Benameur) got you covered with an impressive drink collection, featuring imported wines and beers from around the world.

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ZACH BRAFF, MERMAID OYSTER BAR

The self-proclaimed foodie's intimate seafood restaurant in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of N.Y.C. boasts a nautical New England theme, 16 varieties of oysters, a full bar and a brag-worthy celebrity following. Spotted there? One Direction's very own Harry Styles, who shared a bromantic and “romantic candlelit dinner” with Braff in December 2013.

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TY BURRELL, BEER BAR

Attention beer connoisseurs: The Modern Family actor's bar might just have a brew right up your alley. The Salt Lake City beer garden offers 150 beers, housemade sausages and the restaurant's signature breakfast poutine, made with … you guessed it: beer gravy. "It's a super simple menu," Burrell told the Associated Press "Basic, but well-made and local. Instead of putting the energy into a lot of elements, [we] have fewer elements and are taking the time to make them right."

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