Look, we’re not saying don’t try new things. What if you’re playing a wheelchair bound student in a Canadian teen drama, and you become one of the most successful hip hop artists of all time? It’s happened. Acting and rapping are at least under the same entertainment roof, but there’s no guarantee that both endeavors will be successful. It’d be like an electrician thinking they could easily be a good plumber too because both jobs take place under literal roofs. Rooves? No… It’s roofs. Weird. There are plenty of successful crossover stories , and successful people don’t want to be pigeonholed. They’ve found success in, say, singing, so why wouldn’t they think they could recapture that magic in the food service industry? It could happen. As the ol’ cliche goes, most of them were probably waiters at some point, so maybe they thought that would translate to owning and operating a successful restaurant. Or maybe they thought their fame alone could hawk the product. However bad it may be. Either way, here are 12 failed restaurants started by celebrities who bit off more than they could chew. Click right here to get the best of Cracked sent to your inbox. 12 What would you expect from someone who likes his steak well done and slopped in ketchup?
Evan El-Amin/Shutterstock , Sharper Image Rolling Stone 11 Make it rain! No, not like that, Justin.
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10 Director? Hell yes. Restaurateur? Oh hell no!
Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock , Indigo Photo Club/Shutterstock Bright Sun Films/YouTube 9 Who wants to slam fish’n’chips with supermodels around?!
Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock , Everett Collection/Shutterstock , Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock , Denis Makarenko/Shutterstock W Magazine 8 The SNHD shut down SHe?! You’ll see.
taniavolobueva/Shutterstock Eater Las Vegas 7 What about the Hulkster screams Italian food?!
carrie-nelson/Shutterstock Wrestlelamia/YouTube 6 Maybe fourth time’s a charm, Flav?
Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock Eater 5 Well, what if the next two months were great, Jermaine?!
Adam J. Sablich/Shutterstock AllHipHop 4 Do you New Yorkers like Cajun? No? How ’bout Italian? No? Okay, bye.
A.PAES/Shutterstock Vanity Fair 3 Between kids, parents, and employees, no one liked this place.
s_bukley/Shutterstock Eater LA 2 Rebrand all you want, fellas. It just ain’t workin’.
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1 He had the recipe for success all along.
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