Like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Eva Longoria and now Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga is trying her hand at the restaurant business. According to Internet chatter, her proud papa Joseph will hook-up with his superstar daughter on the business.
The restaurant will be named Joanne and will be located on West 68th Street in New York City, where the Germanotta clan resides. Gaga has already invested in the spot, according to Foodista. It’s reportedly slated for a soft launch this Thanksgiving, with a full launch in December. Art Smith (who was on “Top Chef Masters” and worked for Oprah) will reportedly be the restaurant’s chef.
While right now there is no confirmation on the matter, there is a bit of back story behind the name chosen for the spot. Joanne is not only Gaga’s middle name but is also the name of Joseph’s late sister, who the pop star has spoken about as her spirit guide. Joanne died at the age of 19 from lupus.
In various interviews, Gaga has opened up about her aunt. “I thought I was gonna die,” she said. “I wanted to be the artists I loved, like Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol – and I thought the only way to do it was to live the lifestyle.
“But then I realized my father’s sister Joanne, who’d died at 19, had instilled her spirit in me. She was a painter and a poet – and I had a spiritual vision I had to finish her business.”
About the possibility of battling the disease herself, in an interview with Larry King last year, she shared, “Lupus is in my family and it’s genetic, and it’s funny, ’cause my mother told me the other day that my fans were quite worried about me, because I did talk about the fact that I was tested for lupus. And the truth is, I don’t show any signs, any symptoms of lupus, but I have tested borderline positive for the disease. So as of right now, I don’t have it. But I do have to take good care of myself.”
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