Have you ever wondered what Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and Hulk Hogan have in common apart from the fact that they used to be teen idols back in the days? Here’s a hint – all three of them decided to open their very own restaurants. Unfortunately, they failed and closed in no time.
In 2002 Jennifer Lopez opened a restaurant called Madre’s in Pasadena, California, US. Lopez’ intentions were to present her native Latin cuisine to the US by assembling a menu of her own mother’s specialties and some well-known Latin dishes and beverages. However, the restaurant suffered a string of bad reviews, lack of customers and eventually even the fact that J. Lo owned it couldn’t save the restaurant, so it had to shut down.
Hulk Hogan sponsored the opening of a fast food restaurant named Pastamania. It served specialties labeled under the Hulk Hogan brand, such as Hulkaroos and Hulk-Us. Even though Hogan advertised the restaurant during his WCW performances fans of the wrestler apparently weren’t too eager to eat his pasta, because Pastamania closed its doors to everybody less than a year after it was opened!
Britney Spears followed in Jennifer Lopez’s footsteps and also opened a restaurant in 2002. It was named Nyla and it served Cajun specialties to the guests of Manhattan’s Dylan hotel. Unfortunately for Britney, it wasn’t nearly as successful as her career. The restaurant not only had complaints about health code related violations, but it also sank in depth. Thus, it had to switch from Britney and Cajun to Italian cuisine after it lasted less than a year.
Fortunately for Lopez, Spears and Hogan, they made millions out of advertising not only themselves, but also a number of other brands, so the fall of their restaurants isn’t that big of a deal for them.