7 of the best celebrity-owned restaurants in Atlanta

CONCOURSE D (D5) -- Chicken + Beer serves up dishes including chicken and waffles, battered catfish, sandwiches and salads. The restaurant is owned by rapper, Ludacris. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.
Mia Yakel

Atlanta is home to some well-known celebrities ranging from rappers and reality television stars to singer-songwriters and athletes – and many of these celebrities have turned into entrepreneurs who have opened up restaurants, bars and lounges in the city. Check out some of the most well-known celebrity-owned restaurants in Atlanta that serve up the star power below.

Chicken + Beer

Welcome to Atlanta where the players play and we serve up Southern hospitality like every day. Whether Atlanta is your departure or arrival destination, stop by rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges’ restaurant at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Order Southern comfort food staples such as chicken and waffles, fried catfish and short rib mac and cheese.

Location: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - Concourse D, 6000 N Terminal Pkwy; Website: chickenandbeer.com; Contact: 404-209-3905

Escobar/Esco Seafood

Pull up to the scene at Escobar and Esco Seafood, both owned by Tauheed K. Epps (known professionally as 2 Chainz). With slightly varying menus, Escobar and Esco Seafood serve fresh pasta, tacos, seafood, shrimp and grits, burgers and more, as well as plenty of drink options, and both have a club-style atmosphere at night.

Location: Multiple Locations (Castleberry Hill & Edgewood); Website: escobaratlanta.com

Frost Bistro

Love and Hip Hop Atlanta stars Kirk Frost and Rasheeda Frost own Frost Bistro in Castleberry Hill. Enjoy good vibes while eating traditional American fare, including wings, ribeye, salmon and salads. Pair the food with a signature Frosted Margarita or one of their other cocktails, beers or wines.

Location: Downtown (Castleberry Hill) - 281 Peters St SW; Website: frostbistro.com; Contact: 404-963-5495

Johnny’s World Famous Chicken and Waffles

Order juicy fried chicken (tender or wings) and waffles (regular or red velvet) at Johnny’s Chicken and Waffles, backed by singer-songwriter Ne-Yo and Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Karlie Redd.  If you’re not in the mood for chicken and waffles, you can order brioche french toast, shrimp and grits, and more. And if you’re in the mood for something really extra, they also have a $100 fried chicken birthday cake tower!

Location: College Park - 3725 Main St; Website: johnnyschickenandwaffles.com; Contact: 404-748-4244

Linnethia Lounge

Head on over to Duluth for a night out at Linnethia Lounge, owned by Real Housewives of Atlanta member NeNe Leakes. Dance the night away at this upscale hangout spot in Gwinnett County that serves up Southern fare and hookah inside a moody, neon-lit ambiance.

Location: Duluth - 2255 Pleasant Hill Rd; Website: uqr.to/ur3a; Contact: 678-691-8756

Old Lady Gang

The “Old Lady Gang” (OLG) consists of Joyce Jones, Bertha Jones and Nora Wilcox, who are the mother and aunts (respectively) of Kandi Burruss-Tucker, one of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. This restaurant in both Castleberry Hill and Camp Creek serves up authentic, homestyle Southern staples just like how Kandi’s family would make it.

Location: Multiple Locations (Castleberry Hill and Camp Creek); Website: oldladygang.com; Contact: 404-748-9689

Smokey Stallion BBQ

NFL quarterback and Atlanta native Cam Newton is the owner of Smokey Stallion BBQ in Castleberry Hill, alongside his brother CJ. They opened up this barbecue joint meets sports bar for lovers of both food and sports. Enjoy the Stallion Burger or rib plate, and if you can’t decide what to get,  try the Smokey Sampler meal featuring multiple meat options.

Location: Downtown (Castleberry Hill) - 309 Nelson St SW; Website: smokeystallionbbq.com; Contact: 404-254-1012

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