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.
Look 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?