A Brief History of Restaurants Run By Rappers

We take a look at hip-hop's most ambitious culinary endeavors, both past and present.


Jay-Z: The Spotted Pig

Status: Open
New York, NY
Business title: Investor
In the press: According to the Observer, Jay-Z plays Jenga at The Spotted Pig and kinda blows at it.
Type of restaurant: English-style gastropub
Signature menu item: Chargrilled Burger with Roquefort cheese and shoestring fries

In our guide to dining like Jay and Beyoncé, we mentioned that the rap mogul is widely known for having a hand in chef April Bloomfield's white-hot West Village spot. Aside from eating with his lady, we wonder whether he ever pops in to clink glasses with Mario Batali or discuss politics with Bono, both of whom are also investors in the restaurant.

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