USA: Dining with the stars

Stop for a bite at one of these celebrity-owned venues next time you're Stateside.

Eva Longoria co-owns Hollywood's Beso with celebrity chef Todd English. Photo / Dean Purcell
Eva Longoria co-owns Hollywood's Beso with celebrity chef Todd English. Photo / Dean Purcell

Susan Sarandon's SPiN

SPiN New York is a "ping-pong entertainment venue", a place you can hang out with friends, meet new people and play ping-pong while sipping a cocktail or eating a snack. There are also professional matches on SPiN's centre court. Actor Susan Sarandon is one of the owners of SPiN and celebs such as House's Olivia Wilde are regularly seen there.

Bon Jovi's Soul Kitchen

At Bon Jovi's Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey, there are no prices on the menu because Soul Kitchen is a non-profit community restaurant, run by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, and it operates on a "pay-what-you-can" policy. Customers pay the minimum donation or volunteer in some way to earn a dining certificate for a meal.

Ryan Gosling's Tagine

Ryan Gosling co-owns Moroccan restaurant Tagine in Beverly Hills. In his early acting days, Gosling so liked the food dished up at an event, he asked who the caterer was, insisting it was "food he would eat every day for the rest of his life". The chef was Ben Benameur. He and Gosling became friends and decided that Los Angeles was missing "a warm place where the food is made with love". So the hype goes... Unable to find such a place, Benameur and Gosling created Tagine.

Eva Longoria's Beso

Eva Longoria and celebrity chef Todd English's Beso in Hollywood offers a "Latin approach to classic steakhouse cuisine". It is also attached to the upstairs Estate room, which used to be called Kiss Night Club, when it was known more for its Exotic Adult Juice Bar than its food. Websites describe Beso as the place where "ultimate Hollywood A-list nightlife dances the night away from sounds by the hottest DJs".

Robert De Niro's Nobu

Robert De Niro co-founded Nobu in New York with Nobuyuki Matsuhisa - known to the world simply as "Nobu". De Niro's support of the brand draws actors, musicians, and socialites, of course.

- NZ Herald

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