Official All Star Café

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The Official All Star Cafe was a chain of sports themed restaurants developed by Planet Hollywood. Planet Hollywood recruited Wayne Gretzky, Joe Montana, Shaquille O'Neal, Ken Griffey, Jr., Andre Agassi and Monica Seles to invest in the concept.[1] Restaurants featured "stadium cuisine" and sales of professional sports merchandise and souvenirs.

The chain's first location opened on December 18, 1995 at Times Square in New York City.[2] Two more locations opened the next year in Cancun and at the Showcase Mall on the Las Vegas Strip.[3][4] From 1997 until 2001, Official All Star Cafe locations also were to be operated alongside Planet Movies by AMC entertainment complexes at select locations in the United States. An Official All Star Cafe was also located at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. The franchise was ultimately unsuccessful. The last Official All Star Cafe, the one at Disney's Wide World of Sports, closed on September 23, 2007.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planet Hollywood founder kicks off All-Star Cafe, Nation's Restaurant News via bNet, 1 January 1996
  2. ^ "It's part cafe, part sports bar and all show biz". St. Petersburg Times. New York Times. December 17, 1995 – via NewsBank. 
  3. ^ Bob Finnigan (February 28, 1996). "Griffey spends time off with stars at Cancun cafe". Seattle Times – via NewsBank. 
  4. ^ Pauline Bell (December 12, 1996). "All Star opening of cafe". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2015-07-18. 
  5. ^ http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/2007/11/all_star_cafe_reopens_at_disne.html