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The rapper has long shown an interest in the food space

Maria Yagoda
January 31, 2018

This is the first—and likely last—time we can say that Jay-Z is following in the footsteps of Pitbull,  and Ludacris

, the rapper is looking to open a restaurant, adding him to the growing list of music industry stars who are branching out into food and beverage. The report claims that Jay-Z is looking to "secure the rights to 'Hovino' under his S. Carter Enterprises company for the purpose of restaurant and café services, pubs, cocktail lounges and wine bars." We hope he opens all of those things.

Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé have routinely expressed interest in the food space, and they certainly have excellent taste in restaurants. (See their recent visit to Dooky Chase in New Orleans with Knowles' sister, Solange.) Plus, he already owns the popular 40/40 Club, so he isn't a stranger to the hospitality industry. His swanky sports bars-meet-lounges have outposts across the country, including in the Barclays Center (and one at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, if you're looking to get tipsy during your next layover.) The clubs serve classic game day-fare, like nachos and wings, as well as heartier options like flame-grilled tequila chicken breast. They also offer things like bottle-service because ... of course. 

The singer has been outspoken about his food philosophy, having gone vegan with Beyoncé for 22 days in 2013 (but we're crossing our fingers that any potential restaurant will serve slightly more substantial offerings.) In June 2017, Bey rolled out a plant-based, home-delivery meal service with 22 Days Nutrition, so who knows if the two will become a food industry power couple?  

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