Timberlake follows Britney into the restaurant biz. He's a co-owner of the new Sunset Boulevard nightspot Chi

By Gary Susman
November 07, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
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Hoping to have better luck at the restaurant business than his ex, Justin Timberlake has opened a nightspot. The chi-chi restaurant/bar is called Chi, and it’s located in the Hyatt Hotel on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard. Timberlake is a co-owner, with Los Angeles nightlife entrepreneurs Art and Allan Davis, of Chi, which the Los Angeles Times describes as having an indoor waterfall and ”Shanghai-meets-‘Blade Runner”’ decor.

”He loved the concept, the design and the look, and we all got along,” Allan Davis said of Timberlake, in an interview with MTV News. ”We talked about the seating and [he said,] ‘This would be a great party room.’ He said, ‘I want this table over here.’ He was moving in.”

The new McDonald’s pitchman was especially enthusiastic about the dim sum menu, Davis said. ”He was in over the weekend and ordered about every dim sum item on the menu and four bottles of Cristal and sat by the waterfall. He’s in Europe now, but hopefully Cameron [Diaz] will come in while he’s away.” In fact, Davis claims that such guests as Gwen Stefani have already made the two-week old eatery a celebrity hangout.

Timberlake’s ex, Britney Spears, proved last year that she’s not a girl, not yet a restaurateur, with her ill-fated investment in Nyla, a Manhattan nightspot that opened to less than rave reviews in June 2002. Spears was said to have been involved in planning the decor and the menu, but she visited the eatery only three times, according to the Los Angeles Times. By November, Spears had pulled out of the venture, and two months later, the restaurant closed and began filing for bankruptcy.