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Is Kanye West Plotting a Restaurant in One of LA’s Richest Suburbs?

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The popular rapper is reportedly looking for spaces in Calabasas

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

As if Kanye West wasn’t busy enough already fighting off the haters following his recent public outbursts, now it seems he’s considering a move into the notoriously tough restaurant realm. Radar Online is reporting (from an unnamed single source, that is) that West is currently shopping for spaces in tony Calabasas, the mega-rich suburb tucked into the hills to the west of the broader San Fernando Valley.

According to the gossip site, West wants to bring something special to the neighborhood that he has called home for the past few years. He’s reportedly thinking about doing something in the vein of, say, fellow rapper Nas’ own Sweet Chick, offering pricier versions of classic comfort food. The menu would be loosely based on food that West’s mother used to cook when they lived in Chicago.

Of course, this is — at least for the moment — purely conjecture. West has not confirmed his plans to open anything, though it’s certainly not unheard of for wealthy types to dig into the restaurant and bar world to keep themselves busy. West is already a big fan of several existing restaurants around the city, especially Jon & Vinny’s on Fairfax, so it could be natural for him to want to try his own hand.

And really, why not Calabasas? The upscale suburban community is riddled with celebrities from Drake to West on down, and doesn’t have much of an evening dining presence to speak of, though some new options are coming. Got more intel on West’s restaurant dreams? Feel free to hit the tipline; anonymity guaranteed.