Dallas-Fort Worth may not be Hollywood, but the region still reps its share of famous faces. After all, who needs a Walk of Fame when you could be immortalized within the walls of a proprietary bar, restaurant or music venue? Check out nine stars who have done just that in North Texas.
Owning a drive-in movie theater was long a pipe dream for King of the Parrotheads, Jimmy Buffett, but in 2013 he made it a reality with the opening of Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth. Buffett's an investor in that location and, in 2014, performed a memorable concert there that was broadcast to 90 drive-ins nationwide.
Three-pointers and pizza sauce are both in LeBron James' repertoire since 2012 when he invested in Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza chain, which aims to be "the Starbucks of fast-casual." D-FW's first location opened in May 2015 in Frisco and another recently opened in Arlington, but a couple more are on the way in Fort Worth and The Colony.
Gwyneth Paltrow first broke into the Dallas business scene with a pop-up clothing and housewares store in 2014, but apparently that was too short-lived. In February 2015, the actress opened Blo Blow Dry Bar on Knox Street in Uptown Dallas; it was the salon franchise's 47th location. Paltrow spent at least enough time in Dallas to pick out her 10 favorite hangouts.
It was big news when actor and skateboarding icon Jason Lee left the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles for a piece of property in Denton last year. And in addition to side projects, like producing a documentary about local band Midlake, Lee put his hands in the local food and drink scene. Barley and Board, which Lee and others backed, opened in August 2015 as the city's first brewpub.
The Rustic restaurant, bar and venue was built with country music in mind, which makes sense considering Pat Green is part-owner. Green has performed at the Rustic numerous times since its opening in 2013, and is scheduled for a concert there on St. Patrick's Day. The business has also consistently been one of the biggest booze-slingers in town, likely thanks to its location and wealth of Texas craft beers and spirits. In 2015, the Rustic sold upwards of $6.3 million in alcohol.
Gas Monkey patriarch Richard Rawlings is a household name among gear heads worldwide, but the empire starts in Big D. It's here that Rawlings, a born and raised Dallasite, founded the now-iconic Gas Monkey Garage, which is featured weekly on Discovery Channel's Fast 'N Loud, as well as several subsidiaries, including restaurant Gas Monkey Bar and Grill and music venue Gas Monkey Live. He's also planning to add a fast-casual drive-in concept this summer.
Big Al Mack
Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show host Big Al owns one of the most popular sports bars in Dallas. McKinney Avenue Tavern, colloquially known as the MAT, is a hot spot any game day, especially during football season, and the among the Sunday Funday crowd. (When those two things overlap; beware of the party.) Big Al makes regular appearances, as do other celebrities such as Jerry Springer, who annually celebrates Elvis Presley's birthday with karaoke.
Food Network TV host Guy Fieri is known for eating the biggest and the baddest grub in the country, so it only makes sense he'd want to open a proprietary restaurant in Dallas. After all -- say it with me -- everything is bigger in Texas. Guy's Burger Joint, which opened in May 2015, is located inside Gexa Energy Pavilion in Fair Park, so the only time you can get a taste is during a concert.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of rock band KISS had been patronizing the D-FW suburbs recently, as they prepared to open a local location of their music-inspired restaurant Rock and Brews. The first one in Texas opened March 14 in The Colony, nestled near the behemoth Nebraska Furniture Mart. Expect pizzas, sandwiches, beer and a whole lot of music iconography.