Athletes Who Stepped Off the Field and Into the Kitchen

When a professional athlete retires there are several career paths for them to head down. Athletes are often seen going into such careers as commentators, going on to own a sports team and even start a business, including going into the restaurants business. Here is a look at some athletes who did just that and took their talents into the kitchen.

Michael Jordan

One of the most popular and arguably one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Michael Jordan has a magnitude of business ventures. From his Jordan brand sneaker line to being the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Jordan currently has a net worth of $1.7 billion.

Steak from Michael Jordan's Steakhouse in Chicago.
PC: Yelp/Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse

Jordan has even gone into the restaurant business, originally opening a restaurant in Chicago back in 1993 named Michael Jordan’s Restaurant and during its time it was one of the most popular restaurants in Chicago. The restaurant however only was open from 1993 through 1999.

Currently, Jordan has a steakhouse named Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse. The steakhouse has four locations one in New York City,  Connecticut, Washington and in Chicago and reviews have been an above average on Yelp with prices ranging from $31-$60.

Usain Bolt

Stew beef at Usain Bolt's Track and Records.
Stew beef at Usain Bolt’s Track and Records. PC: Facebook/Usain Bolt’s Track and Records

When he isn’t breaking records, legendary Sprinter Usain Bolt is trying his luck in the restaurant business. In 2011 he opened the restaurant, Usain Bolt’s Track & Records. The restaurant has four locations, three of which are in his native country of Jamacia (Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios) and recently in 2018 Bolt opened a location in the United Kingdom. The restaurants offer Carribean cuisine and include a casino and nightclub. The establishment has a rating of four out of five stars on Tripadvisor.

Wayne Gretzky

Chocolate cake from Wayne Gretzky's in Toronto.
Chocolate cake from Wayne Gretzky’s in Toronto. PC: Yelp/Devon

Nicknamed “The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky without question is one of the greatest hockey players of all time, holding numerous records. Gretzky has also had success when he dipped his hand in the restaurant business as he currently owns, Wayne Gretzky’s Toronto. The eatery includes a sports bar and rooftop patio. Prices range from $11-$30 and the restaurant can act a museum for all of Gretzky’s accolades.




Clyde Fraizer

A burger at Clyde Frazier's Wine and Dine
A burger at Clyde Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine. PC: Yelp/Jessica L.

Clyde Fraizer’s Wine and Dine is a restaurant owned by NBA legend and current commentator for the New York Knicks Walt “Clyde” Fraizer. The restaurant is located in New York, NY and is a sports-themed restaurant that serves American cuisines as well as an extensive menu of cocktail and limited whiskeys. Inside the restaurant, there is 40 televisions and free throw basketball court with prices ranging from $11-$30.

John Elway

Hall of fame quarterback John Elway owns two steakhouses in Colorado named Elway’s. Out of the 583 reviews on Yelp, the restaurant received four out of five stars. The restaurant includes a lounge and outdoor patio. Elway’s offer a variety of meat from USDA prime steak to lamb as well as alcoholic beverages of wines, spirits, and brews from all over the world.

Steak at Elway's in Colorado.
Steak at Elway’s. PC: Yelp/Katie E.



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