Justin Timberlake: Southern Hospitality
Southern Hospitality has gone through more concept changes than the co-owner and franchisee Justin Timberlake’s career. What originally started as an “elevated” classic barbecue restaurant eventually turned into a quick service tourist trap that charged Manhattan rent prices for small plates of ribs. Lately, Southern Hospitality has gone through some serious changes.
After opening a fast-casual style restaurant in Denver, Colorado, it seems like the franchise is starting to step away from plated meals and focus on counter service to-go orders. Regardless of the direction the restaurant is going, Timberlake is consistently taking steps back from the concept to focus his time and energy on investing in young musicians.
Drake: Pick 6ix
Drake’s Toronto restaurant is located in the heart of the financial district’s “party center.” The King of Canada opened this restaurant with Chopped winner and judge, Chef Antonio Park. Unfortunately, this restaurant has been criticized heavily for not offering a consistent atmosphere and charging wild prices for absurdly complicated meals.
Chef Park is one of this generation’s greatest culinary achievers, but it seems as if Drake and his entourage had their hands in the menu planning. Simple dishes that are intended to showcase quality ingredients get drowned in unnecessary glam, like high-quality sushi getting covered in ketchup and gold flakes. Pick 6ix is currently closed for a reimagination of their concept. L0et’s hope that they make some serious decisions about accessibility and quality.