Selling food must be a magical business. Everyone has to eat, and if you cook it right, you end up with a very busy signature restaurant that is cloned and well, next thing you know, you are buying a five million dollar home.

9520 Hathaway extLook at the gorgeous home being shed by Bill McCrorey — hey, at least he got to live in it a few years. I’ve yet to show you Ed Bailey’s Plano palace — you will die! Kent Rathburn is finishing up his masterpiece home, and recall that the folks who bought Ginger and Dick Heath’s Beauti-Control estate at 4707 Park, the one that burned while Scott Ginsburg owned it, was bought by people who also made their fortune in the restaurant biz. CandysDirt approved builder Mark Danuser of Tatum Brown Custom Homes is building that new estate.

How can I forget Phil Romano’s $10 million estate on Strait Lane? Well, here are some homes of national rich and famous foodies, straight from the digital pages of Curbed: first is Don Kendall, the management whiz that transformed Pepsi from a struggling Coca-Cola also-ran into a global snack and soda powerhouse. Second is In-and-Out Burger owner Lynsi Martinez, who bought her 16,000 square foot Mediterranean castle with center split staircase from major league slugger Adrian Beltre. She deserves every ounce. Third is the spread of  Papa John’s founder and CEO John “Papa” Schnatter whose 40,000-square-foot compound sits on 16 acres in Kentucky, with a 22-car garage, a limo turntable, and a carriage house that’s more than twice the size of the average American home. A lot of pizzas helped get that house built. Finally, Pat and Nina Brock of the candy company fortune bought the Knob & Kettle Ranch in the Blackfoot Valley, Montana. The 1,185-acre ranch is now back on the market, asking $9.5M.

Am I missing any?

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9520 Hathaway extOver on Culturemap, Marc Lee writes that embattled restaurateur Bill McCrorey has his delicious Preston Hollow estate home on the market after purchasing it just two years ago. Marc reminds us that McCrorey, who owns Rare (haven’t been there) as well as Republic, Las Colinas Prime and Blackfinn Saloon, has been in court fighting the recent breach of contract lawsuit filed against him and his partner, Thomas McMurray, by their former administrative director, Cade Mannetti, alleging fraud, failure to pay salary and failure to maintain health insurance.

Well, I really like the house — 11,000 plus square feet of Italianate with oodles of formals, dark chocolate wood floors, beams, seven bedrooms and ten baths plus formals everywhere, exercise room, media room, and a great kitchen, of course. Love the way Marc describes the study:

It’s easy to imagine Don Corleone meeting with his consigliere in the dark corners of the club room. Its high vaulted ceilings, wood panels and exposed trusses make it clear that no funny business goes on here.

9520 Hathaway LR 9520 Hathaway DR 9520 Hathaway kit 9520 Hathaway master 9520 Hathaway hers 9520 Hathaway his 9520 Hathaway study 9520 Hathaway media 9520 Hathaway kids 9520 Hathaway pool 9520 Hathaway sport 9520 Hathaway guestKiss my ring! There is a great pool and huge pool/guest house with a full kitchen. There is also a wine cellar, which I would sure hit every day after court. Please note that this home backs to the tollway on Hathaway, but since the 1.44 acre lot is so big, the trees cushion the noise. On the market for $5,500,000 with Dave Perry-Miller’s Marlene Jaffe. If McCrorey bought the place two years ago, he’s probably going to pocket a nice little profit.