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Celebrity Eats

Table 24's Michael Karp has a history opening restaurants for stars.


As co-owner of Table 24, Michael Karp brought more than just restaurant experience to sleepy Orinda, he brought star power—well, indirectly at least. Karp helped open and run high profile restaurants in entertainment arenas across the country, including for these well-known celebrities.

Restaurant: Cooper’stown, Phoenix
Celebrity: Legendary goth rocker Alice Cooper
Inside Scoop: “The one thing he absolutely demanded, was that every member of the waitstaff at Cooper’stown wear the smeared, black spider eye makeup he wore on stage.”

Restaurant: I Love this Bar and Grill, Oklahoma City
Celebrity: Famed country music singer Toby Keith.
Inside Scoop: “Toby had his own BBQ Sauce that was always for sale in the locations and he insisted on the Fried Bologna Sandwich on the menu at all locations.”

Restaurant: The Leinenkugel's Ballyard Brewery, Phoenix (since closed)
Celebrity: Hall of Fame baseball player Robin Yount.
Inside Scoop: “Robin was very loyal to Miller beer and one thing he did recommend was that we sold no other beers in the brewery except for Miller products.“

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