The Backstreet Boys are back! Maybe not in the way you expected, though. As it was revealed last week, the popular pop band is teaming up, once again, to unveil the group's first restaurant, Backstreet Barbecue, in the near future. If that weren't enough, the boys might be getting into the tequila game, too.
As TMZ reported, the company BSB Entertainment -- which lists Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell and Howie D. as directors -- filed documents in early February to trademark the name Backstreet Barbecue. There's no word yet on when -- or where, for that matter - the restaurant is set to debut. It's also unclear if Kevin Richardson is expected to join the boys in the operation, as his name isn't included in the reports. In any case, it'll certainly not be the first (or only) time celebrities have worked their way into the restaurant scene. There are famous examples, including Robert De Niro, Quentin Tarantino, and Mark Wahlberg. There are also several musicians who have become restaurant partners. Some of those musicians include Jimmy Buffett, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, Moby, Gloria Estefan, Toby Keith and NSYNC's Joey Fatone, to only name a mere few.
In addition to the upcoming BBQ hot spot destination in the works, the Backstreet Boys recently revealed the group is also hoping fans will wash down the BB BBQ with some upcoming tequila. In a recent interview with Tasting Table, Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter revealed the band's interests in selling some spirits, revealing that the newest venture is expected to come out sooner than later and that the the band just "need[s] a partner... in Mexico."
Backstreet Boys will join Justin Timberlake, George Clooney, Sammy Hagar (another musician who also has a restaurant), Adam Levine and other celebrities who have made their way into the tequila game. There's also no word on when they expect to release their licensed alcohol into the world.
It's unclear if the Backstreet Boys are planning to sell the tequila in this upcoming BBQ joint, but we'd imagine they would, right? Seems like a logical decision. I'd imagine they would want it that way. Don't be expecting them to wear those white suits at the restaurant, though. The details on both new operations are limited at the moment. We'll keep you posted if we hear anything new or exciting. Suffice to say, though, the boys are back. And they're going to feed you and liquor you up in the process. Meanwhile, if you're only interested in the music, they'll next be seen at the Blended Festival in Dubai on April 20th. They also have some shows coming to Las Vegas soon.
Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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