Time Magazine just released their list of the Top 10 Celebrity Restaurants and there are a few familiar names on it from the country realm. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Cheeseburger in Paradise and Kenny Rogers’ Kenny Rogers Roasters all made the cut.
Toby’s I Love This Bar & Grill was inspired by his song “I Love This Bar” and promises Toby memorabilia and free cheeseburgers for soldiers. The chain serves up Toby’s Favorite Fried Bologna Sandwich and live music nationwide. The Minneapolis branch is currently nominated for Nightclub of the Year at April’s ACM Awards.
Jimmy Buffett references margaritas, cheeseburgers, sponge cake and lobsters in his music, so it only makes sense that he went into the restaurant business. Margaritaville serves up comfort-style seafood dishes and burgers as well as signature margaritas, while Cheeseburger in Paradise is noted for their variety of burgers where “Jimmy Buffett’s famous song comes to life.” All locations sell Jimmy Buffett swag to his Parrothead fans.
Kenny Rogers Roasters was an institution for more than a decade and a half. He opened the fast food chain in 1991 with John Y. Young, a former Kentucky governor who once owned Kentucky Fried Chicken. They opened more than 350 restaurants and inspired an episode of Seinfield called The Chicken Roaster. After seven years, they closed all but 7 restaurants and filed for bankruptcy. The franchise was bought by Nathan’s Famous Inc. who kept the chain alive another 10 years. Kenny’s Roasters was sold in 2008 to Asian franchiser Baerjaya Group and the chain is thriving in Malaysia and the Philippines.
Other notable celebrity-owned restaurants on the list include Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo, Justin Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality, Planet Hollywood and House of Blues. You can see the full list HERE.