Toby Keith, Kenny Rogers + More Among Top Celebrity Restaurant Owners
The country genre is cooking on Time’s list of Top 10 Celebrity Restaurants. Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill and Kenny Rogers’ Kenny Rogers Roasters both made the cut. Keith and Rogers certainly know their way around the recording studio and the live stage, but they also know how to be successful entrepreneurs in the food biz.
Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill takes its moniker from his song, 'I Love This Bar,' which claims a good honky tonk invites truckers, hustlers and hitchhikers into its lair! Well, this honky tonk features memorabilia from the singer’s career. We wonder if they serve libations in red solo cups in honor of his smash song. Keith also takes good care of military servicemen and women, offering free cheeseburgers for soldiers. One of the key items on the menu? Toby’s Favorite Fried Bologna Sandwich, which is available at the Oklahoma location. It might be an acquired taste, but if you should find yourself at this particular eatery, be sure to order it. Live country music is also offered at locations nationwide. Additionally, the Minneapolis branch is currently in the running for a Nightclub of the Year award from the Academy of Country Music. Good luck!
Kenny Rogers Roasters was a Boston Market-type chain, opening in 1991. 350 Americana-style restaurants were in operation at one point. A ‘Seinfeld’ episode was even inspired by Kenny Rogers Roasters; it doesn’t get much more culturally relevant than that. After a period of seven years, all but seven restaurants were shut down and the company filed for Chapter 7 – as in bankruptcy. Seven was not a lucky number for the chain. It was bought by Nathan’s Famous Inc. and the eateries continued to operate for another decade. The chain was sold in 2008 and is thriving in Malaysia and the Philippenes. Despite these troubles, the Roasters restaurants were incredibly popular.
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