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?
“Following in NeNe Leakes‘ footsteps, Teresa is on the next season of the show,” a source confirms to Life & Style. Oddly enough, both Bravo stars are known for controversy as fans of the show are still recovering from Nene’s nasty feud with Star Jones, while Teresa infamously flipped a table during the first season of the RHONJ.
Here’s to hoping Teresa will fare much better with the Donald than the Nene did!
Filming for the new season of the Celebrity Apprentice is scheduled to begin in late fall. It will likely air next spring.
In other RHONJ news, following her win on the flop reality show Famous Food, Danielle Staub is now seeking more attention claiming Bravo is asking her to film for the RHONJ. As we reported, season 4 is currently filming at the moment.
Danielle tweeted on Monday: “Interesting call from #RHONJ producer asking me to film w them tomo night as they will b filming in my neighborhood I declined! @BravoAndy.”
Danielle also claims the producers of the show have been purposely filming in some of her favorite spots. She tweeted, “@BravoAndy ~ amazing that the #Rhonj needs to drive 45 minutes to my new neighborhood to film in my fav restaurant #STOP already!” She later added: “@bravoandy not interested! simply ? Thousands of restaurants in NJ – why film where I moved & tweet about going to eat at weekly?”
But that’s not all as Danielle also goes on to make the shocking claim that Bravo plans to fire the entire cast following season 4. “@bravoandy boo hoo I hear they’re fired after season 4 anyway,” wrote Danielle in response to a tweet by a fan who stated the other cast members would walk if Bravo brought her back to the show.
Interesting that she includes poorAndy Cohen in most of her tweets.
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON TRE DOING CELEBRITY APPRENTICE? WILL SHE DO BETTER THAN NENE? THOUGHTS ON DANIELLE’S TWEETS?
In a surprising twist, the Dolce Group’s founding members — Big Brother alumMike “Boogie” Malinand Lonnie Moore — decided to pick two winners instead of one. The first winner they picked was rapperDJ 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?
What’s a former Bravo housewife to do when her new show continues to flop mercilessly on the new network she’s on? Well if you’re Danielle Staub, you try to make a tragic moment all about you!
Yes, the former Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member/star of that new show on VH1 that no one’s watching has somehow managed to hijack the tragic suicide of Russell Armstrong this week by revealing her own suicidal thoughts. Really… she did. In a new interview, Danielle claims the pressures of being on a reality show also contributed to her contemplating suicide.
“I was very close to taking my own life — not just on one occasion — it’s been several times,” Danielle told ET in an exclusive interview. She added: “And what always saved me was the thought of my children living with that for the rest of their lives. I didn’t want them to have that memory of me. I wanted them to remember me — even if I’m going through my struggles — alive.”
While fighting back tears, Danielle reveals she understands the deep dark places that must have led to the suicide of Taylor Armstrong’s estranged husband. “I don’t have words to describe how alone you feel. And everybody’s coming at you, and judging you, and they don’t even know you.”
Danielle adds, “It’s really hard to talk to people who are not in our genre about what really goes on when the lights go down. And maybe your family starts to break apart, and you get caught up in it. And I’m not blaming anybody for what I’ve been through, I’m just saying it’s hard to explain top people who aren’t doing this for a living.”
Oddly enough, the ET story manages to plug Danielle’s new reality show Famous Food, you know, the same type of show that ruins lives and families according to Danielle,at the end of the article.
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TELL US – YOU BELIEVE DANIELLE? OR DO YOU THINK THIS IS JUST A PLOY FOR ATTENTION?
The reason? Well Jacqueline made some very interesting/cryptic tweets over the weekend which appeared to be about Teresa but we’ll let you be the judge. A screen shot of those tweets are below –
Even more interesting? Jacqueline no longer follows Teresa on twitter! Plus Jacqueline was at Melissa’s release party on Friday with Teresa and the rest of the RHONJ castmates so perhaps something went down at that event. The first tweet (the last one in the above screenshot) was made at 1:42am on Saturday morning.
In other NJ news, as her new VH1 show Famous Food continues to flop, former RHONJ star Danielle Staub continues her desperate attempt to stay in the news.
Almost a week after claiming Melissa Gorga was the one feeding her information about Teresa last year, Danielle now has her sights set on “exposing” the RHONJ stars for reasons only known to Danielle. Below are some of her tweets –
“I am sick of what they do to my family did anyone ever think about that? something bad happens to them they drag my Family down!”
“If I disclosed all the info that people have sent to me ~ clown head would even cry real tears this time – people see through their facade”
“They broke all deals by continuing to speak about me one full year I stayed quiet – I thought they’d stop!! Enough already!!”
As we reported days ago, Danielle appears to be working hard to get her story about Melissa and Teresa out to a national magazine.
And finally, an all new episode of the RHONJ titled ‘Child’s Play No More‘ airs tonight on Bravo! On the 13th episode this season, Teresa’s children have a play date with Melissa’s children, yet the kids seemingly show more maturity than their parents. Meanwhile, Kathy mulls over how to nurture her teen daughter. And Ashley’s father pays her a surprise visit, but there may be more going on than simply a family reunion.
It airs at 10/9c and a preview clip is below –
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TELL US – DO YOU THINK JACQUELINE’S TWEETS ARE ABOUT TERESA? THOUGHTS ON DANIELLE’S COMMENTS, THE PREVIEW & TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?
Back in May, TMZ posted photos of Danielle, who was a prostitution whore stripper and an escort in her younger days, stripping for Scores Gentleman’s Club in New York. It was revealed that the 48-year-old mother of two had decided to become a stripper again… at age 48. A day after those pictures came out, Danielle revealed she had quit stripping and was seeking psychological help. Well today, she is now revealing the reasons for her choices.
“That’s in litigation right now,” says Danielle (Scores filed a $375,000 lawsuit against her for breach of contract). “I wasn’t handled properly, I’m going to put it that way. But I wasn’t there to do what ended up being and if you look at my eyes all I can say is you can see something is wrong. Something went very wrong.”
The deal with Scores was a three-year contract with the strip club to make live appearances at the clothes optional establishment.
A friend of Danielle’s also defends her to the Huffington Post. “Why as a celebrity does she need to walk back into that kind of stuff?” the friend who considers Danielle a big star, asks. “She already had a show lined up. She left one show and was going to another. She didn’t need to do that.”
Meanwhile days after we reported Danielle’s claims thatMelissa Gorgawas the one who fed her information about Teresa Giudicelast year, it appears she is working hard to make the story public.
She tweeted the following to In Touch Weekly magazine earlier this week – “@Intouchweekly tell corynne I’ve rcd her msgs for an interview revealing the truth- several media outlets r contacting me-my team will reply.” Guess we will have to wait and see if In Touch bites.
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON DANIELLE’S EXPLANATION? YOU BUYING IT?
The latest drama began on twitter Sunday night when former RHONJ star Danielle Staubstated Melissa was the one who fed her all the information about Teresa. If you recall, Danielle brought up Melissa’s son during the RHONJ reunion last year, accusing Teresa of not seeing her nephew. This of course set Teresa off bringing us the infamous shoving of Andy Cohen.
While Melissa has always maintained she was not the one who fed Danielle that information, Danielle is now stating otherwise even claiming she has proof in the form of voice mails and emails. Wowzers.
It all started when one of Danielle’s fans tweeted to her as well as Andy wanting to know why he felt the need to mention Danielle’s name on WWHL on Sunday night while Teresa was on. Danielle then tweeted back, “@bravoandy @bravotv is this true? Maybe I should show everyone what @melissagorga wrote my fb inbox about Teresa?” It didn’t end there as Danielle continued tweeting. Below are some of her tweets about Melissa –
“Wow careful now bc ive got emails from her own sisterinlaw w so much Teresa dirt.”
“@melissagorga Melissa Did you ever tell Teresa you were contacting me constantly?”
“@melissagorga did you tell tre you wanted to come on w me last season To get back at her”
“@melissagorga and everytime you & Tre’s brother begged me to come on w me – I said no!”
When a fan tweeted that Melissa was the one who fed Danielle the reunion info, Danielle responded with “she did indeed tell me how else would I know.”
Following Danielle’s tweets, Melissa tweeted the following denial – “Let’s be clear. After I posted abt the xmas cookies incident on FB she approached me to film w/ her. Did I film? No! Begged her? Please.”
Danielle then responded stating she has saved emails and voicemails from Melissa. “Be careful dear I saved all your lengthy emails and recorded your calls to me you sure you wanna lie ???” tweeted Dirty D. Danielle also claimed that on 11/09, Melissa sent this message – “”will you (DS) help me expose Teresa and Joe please?”
Teresa caught wind of Danielle’s tweets and even went as far as to tweet “thank you” to Danielle, the same woman who called her an ape last year and said she wanted to dress up as her for Halloween.
Teresa tweeted, “But someone else was tweeting tonight too. Thank you @daniellestaub for telling the truth. I’m sad but not surprised. #famewhore.” She is referring to Melissa as a famewhore and wrote that tweet just minutes after writing, “I’ve been on Twitter for 2 yrs now and I’ve NEVER ever ever retweeted a mean comment ab a castmember or family member…” Go figure. Teresa also described Danielle’s tweets as “heartbreaking.”
Fast forward to today and it seems Teresa might have had a change of heart. She tweeted Monday night, “I don’t believe Melissa would ever talk to @daniellestaub . Danielle, stop tweeting about my family. If you got something, show it or STFU!” But then again, in knowing Tre, this could just be her passive aggressive way of encouraging Danielle to leak whatever information she has.
As of the moment, it appears Danielle is working to release the voicemails and emails she claims to have of Melissa. Guess we will have to wait and see. If Danielle’s claims are true, then this family feud has definitely taken a turn for the nasty-ier. This could also be Danielle’s way of getting back on the show as her new show Famous Food is flopping on VH1. And as we reported, the 4th season of RHONJ is currently filming.
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON DANIELLE’S TWEETS? DO YOU BELIEVE IT? IF TRUE, DOES THIS CHANGE YOUR OPINION OF MELISSA?
Despite the awful ratings of her new VH1 series Famous Food which also stars other famewhores such as Heidi Montag and Jake Pavelka, Danielle sings the praises of the show. “I’m so in love with this new show [“Famous Food”] and my new network, VH1,” said Danielle. “My first instinct was ‘yes, yes, yes’ when I was offered the show because it’s not Bravo and it’s not ‘Housewives.’ They did not [look after me] and I really needed that for my children as well. I’m so happy with VH1 it’s not even funny, and they give me so much freedom.”
And despite all of the million reports out there that confirm she was fired by Bravo, Danielle still insists she quit the RHONJ. “The difference between this and the last one is there is resolve at the end of the day,” she explained to the Huffington Post. “And no one is trying to kill me. It got really scary for me and for my children. They begged me not to go back [to Bravo] after the reunion.”
Danielle went on to take more shots at her former costars as well as Bravo’s Andy Cohen, citing no one contacted her to offer condolences after her mother passed away last year. “Not one of them,” stated Danielle. “The only person on bravo who reached out to me was Patty from Millionaire Matchmaker. Not Andy, not one person.” Oh Danielle, Patty was probably trying to sign you up for her TV show!
Danielle also vowed to never watch the RHONJ ever again. “I don’t miss the girls because I never really liked any of them. No I wont watch it. I wouldn’t give it a second of my ratings or my time,” she added.
As we reported, Danielle’s new show Famous Food flopped really badly for the VH1 network, only garnering 430,000 viewers for it’s premiere episode. In comparison the RHONJ was watched by over 2.2 million viewers the same week. Famous Food is the least-watched series debut of the year on VH1.
In fact VH1 has now decided to move the show from Sunday nights to Wednesdays starting tonight.