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Poor Danielle Staub! Her new bread and butter, Lemon Basket has, unfortunately closed “indefinitely” after a mere five months!

The restaurant, which opened in May, was as part of Danielle’s tour on Famous Food and the prize she received for out-cunning her competition, like: Jake Pavelka, Ashley Dupre, and Heidi Montag, and walking away the co-winner along with DJ Paul.

Apparently despite the exposure from the show and Danielle’s tremendous celebrity, “the restaurant just never took on, and partners Mike Malin and Lonnie Moore of The Dolce Group were forced to throw in the towel,” Eater LA reports. “We gave it a shot but it just never picked up traction,” Lonnie Moore explains of the closing.

The restaurant received lukewarm reviews, and despite heavy promotion (and even a Groupon offer), never seemed to improve from there. Then in September the restaurant was forced to temporarily close after a reported cockroach infestation! One month later they shut down their doors “indefinitely.”

Danielle hasn’t released a statement yet about the fate of Lemon Basket, though she did Tweet the following to fans wishing her well: “I appreciate the well wishes.” Now that she’s no longer in the restaurant business, I guess Danielle could always return to her former career of stripping reality TV villainess.

Do you think the tragic name had anything to do with it? Or that diners were afraid of actually running into Danielle while eating there?

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Are you surprised the restaurant closed after only 5 months? Would you (or did you) ever eat there?

The finale of Famous Food, you know, that show that very few people watched, aired last night and two “celebrity” winners were declared!

Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub emerged one of the winners, which wasn’t exactly a big surprise as Danielle has been heavily promoting the Lemon Basket restaurant on twitter all summer.

In a surprising twist, the Dolce Group’s founding members — Big Brother alum Mike “Boogie” Malin and Lonnie Moore — decided to pick two winners instead of one. The first winner they picked was rapper DJ Paul of the rap group Three 6 Mafia.

With their win, Danielle and DJ Paul are now partners with the Dolce Group when it comes to the newly opened Lemon Basket restaurant in Hollywood.

Following her win, Danielle tweeted last night: “So proud to be partners w @DolceGroupLA @lonniemoore @DJPAULKOM in #LemonBasket @FamousFoodVH1 on @VH1 WON!! Just sayin.”

No word yet on how well the restaurant is doing considering the show was a bit of a ratings disaster for the VH1 network. Oddly enough, I actually watched the entire season and I must say, it wasn’t a bad show. I believe the show would have been a ratings hit had it premiered a year ago. Quite frankly, the downfall was the timing. At this point, the public is well over the Heidi Montags, Danielle Staubs, Jake Pavelkas, Ashley Dupres, etc.

TELL US – DID YOU WATCH THE SHOW THIS SEASON? THOUGHTS ON THE WINNERS?

Reality famewhores stars Heidi Montag and Danielle Staub are discovering the hard way this week that their 15 minutes of fame might be officially over.

The two are currently starring on VH1′s new series Famous Food, alongside other famewhores Jake Pavelka, Ashley Dupre, & others, which premiered this Sunday. The ratings are however out today and it is nothing short of a disaster.

How many people tuned in? Only 430,000 viewers. Those numbers are a major flop especially considering the amount of publicity the show received in addition to the fact that the show aired on a major network.

In comparison Sunday’s episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, aka Danielle’s former show, was seen by over 2.2 million viewers. Sucks to be Danielle.

It’s safe to assume there will be no second season of Famous Food, or better yet no more reality shows featuring Heidi and Danielle. Here’s to hoping the newly opened Lemon Basket restaurant from the show performs better than the actual show.

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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON FAMOUS FOOD FLOPPING? ARE HEIDI AND DANIELLE OFFICIALLY OVER?

Famous Food Cast Photo

A week before its premiere, VH1 has now released the season trailer for Famous Food!

The new series features a group of “celebrities” including three with actual talent, two prostitution whores and two good ol famewhores.

In the trailer, Big Brother alum “Mike Boogie” Malin, who is part owner of the Dolce Group, informs Heidi Montag, Jake Pavelka, Danielle Staub, DJ Paul and Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia, Vincent Pastore, and Ashley Dupre that they have to work together to open a restaurant, though in the end, only one of them will win a partnership with the Dolce Restaurant Group in L.A.

Famous Food premieres on Sunday July 10 at 10/9c.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE SEASON TRAILER?

Famous Food Cast Photo

With two weeks until its official premiere, the VH1 network has now released the cast photo (you can click on it to make it bigger) for the all new reality show Famous Food as well as a video sneak peek!

The show features famewhores two prostitution whores reality stars Danielle Staub, Jake Pavelka and Heidi Montag alongside “singer” Ashley Dupre, Sopranos star Vincent Pastore and Three 6 Mafia rappers DJ Paul and Juicy J.

The premise of the show is that renowned restaurateurs, The Dolce Group, will give the seven “celebrities” the chance to turn one of their West Hollywood, CA properties into a flourishing and fully-operating restaurant. The season will end with one lucky restaurateur’s dream restaurant open for business and ready for the public’s review.

In the sneak peek below, the cast gets to meet the Heidi Doll, who tries to prove she has a brain and isn’t a total boob. “People think I’m this train wreck that hasn’t wrecked yet,” says Heidi, 24. “Little do they know, I have a brain.” Uh uh. The preview clip is below!

Famous Food debuts Sunday, July 10 at 10/9c on VH1.

TELL US – THOUGHTS? WILL YOU BE TUNING IN?


The VH1 network is planning to turn up the heat this summer with the announcement and premiere dates of some all-new series as well as returning favorites!

Basketball Wives – The biggest surprise of all is the very quick return of the Basketball Wives. While the second season only ended less than 2 months ago, season 3 will debut on May 30 at 9/8c. With the exception of Suzie Ketcham, who quit the show, all of the cast members including Royce Reed, Shaunie O’Neal, Evelyn Lozada, Tami Roman, and Jennier Williams will be returning. VH1 also announced that Meeka Claxton, wife of former NBA player Speedy Claxton, has joined the cast. According to reports Meeka and Tami have already gotten into a physical altercation during filming. A photo of Meeka is below!

Famous Food – The network confirmed what we reported weeks ago, which is that reality famewhores Danielle Staub, Heidi Montag, and Jake Pavelka will indeed star together on a new reality show. The concept of the reality show is that the famewhores are given an opportunity to create a flourishing and fully-operating restaurant. Over the course of eight weeks, the colorful crew of “celebrities” will roll up their sleeves and work together to launch their own restaurant, aptly named, “Famous Food.” Joining the above three famewhores will be DJ Paul and Juicy “J” (from rap group Three 6 Mafia), Ashley Dupre (famed ex-prostitute) and Vincent Pastore (“The Sopranos”). The show debuts Sunday, July 10 at 10/9c.

Tough Love – Also returning this summer is Tough Love: Miami. Steve Ward and his mother Joann Ward are back to help single women make a splash in the Miami dating pool. Steve will work with a group of eight single, attractive women, all composed of classic female archetypes including the “too much too soon” romantic, the “gold digger” and the late 30′s “work obsessed.” They will be living together in a house for 10 weeks and given a chance to learn Dating 101.”VH1 Tough Love: Miami” premieres Sunday, July 10 at 9/8c.

Celebrity Rehab – Season 5 of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinsky and Michaele Salahi debuts Wednesday, June 29 at 10/9c. From heartbreak to hope, this season follows Dr. Drew and his patients on their difficult and deeply emotional journey to sobriety, as well as an often raw and unflinching look at the many faces of addiction. As we reported back during filming, Michaele got kicked off the show early on for not having an addiction. Joining Michaele this season are Michael Lohan, Bai Ling, Jeremy Jackson, and Dwight “Doc” Gooden.

Also returning, The T.O. Show season 3 will premiere Monday, August 22 at 10:30/9:30c and La La’s Full Court Life will debut the same night at 10/9c.

TELL US – WHICH VH1 SHOW ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT?

In what can only be described as a match made in famewhore heaven, three of the most popular attention-whoring reality stars gathered together for lunch Monday afternoon in Los Angeles, and of course there were cameras around to film it all.

Former angry Bachelor contestant Jake Pavelka, former Real Housewives of New Jersey prostitution whore Danielle Staub, and former The Hills mannequin Heidi Montag, all pictured above, have reportedly joined forces to film a new reality show.

According to reports, the untitled show being filmed for the VH1 network will follow the z-list reality stars as they attempt to get help for their addiction to fame? No! Of course not! They will attempt to open up a new restaurant in just 28 days!

“They are revamping a restaurant from the ground up,” says a source on the set of the new reality series to PEOPLE. “They started shooting this past weekend.”

Danielle recently tweeted, “I’m working on a project. Let you know soon what and with whom!! Xxoo.” Jake also tweeted on Tuesday, “Crazy fun day of shooting!” No word yet on what happened to Jake being a “pilot.”

And it gets even better as there are three more cast members joining the above “stars” on the show. They are Ashley Dupre – aka the world’s most famous call-girl, plus Three 6 Mafia rappers DJ Paul and Juicy J.

More photos below.

TELL US – THOUGHTS? SIMILAR TO A TRAIN WRECK, YOU SORTA HAVE TO WATCH NO?

UPDATE – VH1 announced on April 20 that the reality show is titled Famous Food and will debut in the fall.

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