Back in July we reported that VH1 was premiering a celebrity reality show called Famous Food where D-list celebs Heidi Montag, Jake Pavelka, Danielle Staub, DJ Paul and Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia, Vincent Pastore, and Ashley Dupre worked together to open a restaurant and win a partnership with LA’s Dolce Restaurant Group. We meant to watch it, but in the end we forgot all about it because, well, it was a celebrity reality show with D-listers like Heidi Montag, Jake Pavelka, Danielle Staub, DJ Paul and Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia, Vincent Pastore, and Ashley Dupre. Anyway, the end product of the show was the unfortunately named Lemon Basket, which opened in May to reviews that were middling at best. Now, as swiftly as it appeared, Lemon Basket is no more.
“Lemon Basket, that five month old New American concept born from the VH1 reality show Famous Food in which a group of has-been "famous" people attempt to open a restaurant on Sunset Blvd, has closed down indefinitely,” reads the report from Eater LA. “Despite the added exposure from a television show, the restaurant just never took on, and partners Mike Malin and Lonnie Moore of The Dolce Group were forced to throw in the towel.”
Could this have had anything to do with the cockroach infestation that forced Lemon Basket to temporarily close its doors last month? Maybe or maybe not, but we’d posit that it probably didn’t help matters any. But no matter where the chips fell, the facts are that the restaurant never quite caught on. Unfortunately in Hollywood, where everyone’s a star, a restaurant can’t survive on the wattage of personalities like Heidi Montag and Ashle Dupre alone. Now, if only a mega star like Flavor Flav had gotten the restaurant deal, perhaps things might have been differ—oh, wait.