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.

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