9 celebrities who own bars, restaurants and venues in Dallas-Fort Worth

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.

Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett performed at Coyote Drive-In in 2014.

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.

LeBron James

LeBron James was one of Blaze's founding investors in 2012.

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

Gwyneth Paltrow has been involved in all Blo Blow Dry Bar store openings, according to a general manager.

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.

Jason Lee

Jason Lee and Midlake members Jesse Chandler, Eric Nichelson and McKenzie Smith on stage during Denton's Thin Line festival 2015.

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.

Pat Green

Pat Green has performed at The Rustic several times since its opening.

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.

Richard Rawlings

Richard Rawlings is the star of cable TV show Fast 'n Loud and the founder of the growing and greasy Gas Monkey Garage.

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

Big Al Mack, owner of the MAT in Uptown, often hosts fun events at his bar, such as the Naked Cowboy/Cowgirl competition.

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.

Guy Fieri

You can't eat at Guy's Burger Joint any day. It's located in Gexa Energy Pavilion and only open during shows.

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, left, and Paul Stanley expect to be at the grand opening of the new Rock and Brews opening in The Colony in 2016.

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.

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The Rustic


Barley & Board


Coyote Drive-In (Fort Worth)


Rock and Brews


Gas Monkey Garage


Gas Monkey Live


Gas Monkey Bar and Grill


Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza (Arlington)


Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza (Frisco)


McKinney Avenue Tavern