Side Hustle: Owns 10 Fatburger Restaurants
Even though Kanye West has become synonymous with high fashion and art in the rap world, the Chicago veteran apparently owns multiple Fatburger restaurants in his native city. In 2008 – a few months before the release of his acclaimed fourth album 808s & Heartbreaks – Yeezy purchased the rights to 10 Fatburgers, with the first opening in September of that year. The move came a surprise to many hip-hop heads given the rapper’s penchant for the finer things in life; however, the California-based Fatburger has a history of enlisting hip-hop luminaries – including Pharrell and Queen Latifah – to head the opening of new chains. Still, in 2011, Yeezy was forced to close down one of his chains due to poor performance.
“From time to time, Fatburger Corporation and our franchisees routinely review the performance of each of our stores, and make business decisions regarding their continued financial viability,” said the company’s marketing director Maria Brooks. “It’s unfortunate that the Orland Park location owned by Kanye West Foods, LLC has closed, but we hope to have a presence in the Orland Park community at some time in the future.”
[via Advertising Age]