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Donald Trump Spread 'Em! To Eat with the First Family

12/6/2016 7:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump's backing up traffic -- not on the streets of NY -- but outside one of his favorite NYC restaurants.

The President-elect -- along with Melania, Ivanka, Eric, Donald Jr., and son-in-law, Jared -- paid 21 Club a visit Monday night, but now when he goes it requires an intense security search ... of every other patron.

We got video as a bunch of hungry customers waiting in line to get wanded and patted down by Secret Service. Last month Trump slipped away from the press pool and hit up the fancy midtown Manhattan spot ... pissing off reporters.

Customers could've been the ticked ones this time -- although everyone seemed cool.

Jerry Ferrara My Ex-Pals at Fat Sal's Are Big Fat Jerks!!

12/5/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-jerry-ferrara-tmz-2Jerry Ferrara's pissed at his former friends and sandwich biz partners for suing him, and he's fired back with a million-dollar countersuit for screwing him over ... according to the docs.

The "Entourage" star says he co-founded Fat Sal's with 2 of his friends and was the "driving force" behind its success. Ferrara claims he not only provided $74,500 for start-up money, but also used his celeb status to heavily promote the sandwich shop, and boost revenue.

Turtle says his old buds started squeezing him out when they opened several more locations. In the docs, he says they went to great lengths to hide profits from him. Jerry says they even deleted the "Our Story" section from their website where he was credited as co-founder.

Fat Sal's sued to officially 86 Jerry in August, but in his suit Jerry's demanding his equity share and at least a million dollars in damages before he goes anywhere.

Salvatore Capek -- thee Sal -- tells us he's disappointed Jerry is "abusing the legal system by fabricating allegations," and he's looking forward to exposing his lies during trial. 

Sammy Hagar Old Cabo Wabo Co. Sues One Shot to Stop Using Our Name!!

12/4/2016 1:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1202-cabo-wabo-grill-tequila-gettySammy Hagar's gotta be pissed -- a Cabo Wabo restaurant that doesn't serve tequila sounds like a ripoff, and that's exactly what it is ... according to a lawsuit filed by Sammy's old brand.

Campari America -- which bought the rocker's chain of nightclubs, restaurants and tequila -- says 2 San Diego-based restaurants ripped off its trademark name to confuse customers looking for the real deal.

According to docs, both Cabo Wabo Grill and Cabo Wabo Grill 2 -- opened in 2010 and 2013 -- knowingly used the name's established popularity to attract patrons. What's worse, Campari says the joints don't have proper licences to serve liquor ... so they can't even sell Cabo Wabo tequila shots!

Campari is demanding the grill owners change the names and fork over some dough for damages. We reached out to the restaurant owners ... but no word back.

Sammy's not involved in the suit.

Wayne Brady Sorry I Missed My Show ... I Had Too Much Soul Food

12/2/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Wayne Brady was surprisingly MIA for opening night of his new play, but he's got an excuse we can all relate to -- he ate way too much on Thanksgiving. Seriously.

We asked Wayne why he missed his debut in "Merrily We Roll Along" Wednesday night, and he told us -- despite rumors of a more serious injury -- it was something way more embarrassing.

Brady assured us and all his fans there's no reason to worry, though ... he's already recovered and will be onstage at the Bram Goldsmith Theater in Bev Hills Friday night.

HoneyBaked Ham be damned.

Comedian Ricky Smith Thanks, Olive Garden ... For $6,000 Apology!

12/2/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1201-ricky-smith-instagram-olive-garden-01Comedian Ricky Smith got a heartfelt and high-priced apology from Olive Garden after his bizarre and allegedly racist run-in with one of its servers. 

Ricky tells TMZ ... OG's VP of Operations was very apologetic about the incident when they spoke earlier this week. He says the chain hooked him up with a $1,000 gift card, but more importantly ... a $5,000 donation to his charity, Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere.

BTW, Ricky's going back to the scene of the "casual racism" ... the Ohio Olive Garden where this all started. He says he'll use the $1,000 gift card to feed less fortunate folks. Breadsticks for everyone! 

One more act of kindness -- Ricky asked OG brass to spare the server and manager who were suspended. As he put it ... it is the holidays.

NASCAR We're Monster Now ... New Sponsor Revealed

12/1/2016 1:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1201-jimmie-johnson-monster-nascar-GETTY-01If NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson wins a record-setting 8th championship next year ... he'll be spraying Monster Energy drinks instead of champagne.

Sources confirm to TMZ Sports ... NASCAR is set to announce Monster, owned by Coca-Cola, is its new title sponsor. The beverage replaces Sprint/Nextel, which had been top dog since 2004. Before that it was the Winston Cup Series.

No word yet if the championship for NASCAR's top series will be known as the Monster Cup, but that sounds kinda awesome to us.

NASCAR is scheduled to make the announcement Thursday afternoon in Las Vegas.

ESPN first reported the sponsor change.

Kendall, Gigi, Bella Wings Off, Pig Out!!!

12/1/2016 6:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid made themselves thoroughly hateable Wednesday night in Paris by scarfing down burgers and mac 'n' cheese.

It's what models do after a big event like the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show ... nourishing their starved bodies with the greasiest of food ... then washing it all down with margaritas.

In your pretty faces.

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Big Mac Inventor Two All-Beef Patty Salute! 'Super Size Me' Guy Downs # 28,984

11/30/2016 4:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1130-don-gorskeBig Mac creator Jim Delligatti got the ultimate tribute from his biggest fan -- the guy who famously eats 2 Macs per day come hell or high water.

"Super Size Me" star Don Gorske rolled into his fave Mickey D's on Wednesday, as soon as he heard Delligatti had died. Gorske says he ordered his usual -- yes, 12 years later, he's still pulling double duty everyday -- and proudly inhaled his 28,983rd and 28,984th sandwiches ... in memoriam, of course.

Gorske tells us he actually spoke to Jim by phone back in 2007, and hopes McDonald's will do something special to honor Delligatti's legacy.

Olive Garden 911 Call Ricky Smith Accused of Sexual Innuendo in 'Racist' Incident

11/30/2016 12:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

An Olive Garden employee called 911 on comedian Ricky Smith and his friends, and blasted them for allegedly sexually harassing their server and trying to buy alcohol for minors.

TMZ obtained the audio ... the caller asks for police backup because Smith's group was being "rowdy" and yelling "racist comments" at the female manager. The caller gave her account of what started the ruckus.

But her version was totally different from what Ricky told us -- that everyone in his party was over 23, showed their IDs, never raised their voices and never made sexual or racial comments.

Cops did show up, but they say Ricky and friends were cooperative even though in the end, the manager refused to serve them. As for the alcohol accusation -- cops tell us that was "unsubstantiated."

Smith says he has a call scheduled shortly with Olive Garden brass to sort out the mess.

Comedian Ricky Smith Olive Garden Employees Suspended For ... 'Casual Racism'

11/30/2016 9:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

1130-ricky-smith-olive-garden-TWITTER-01Comedian Ricky Smith was not treated like family at an Ohio Olive Garden when he popped in for dinner with his friends ... and we've learned the employees who he claims served him "casual racism" have been suspended.

Smith tells TMZ ... his crew had just finished handing out lunches for his organization, RAKE, on Tuesday and they worked up an appetite for endless soup and breadsticks. Smith claims they were small talking with their waitress when she just casually told them she doesn't like waiting on black people.

Turns out, the waitress was a black woman. 

The comedian tells us he politely went to the manager and requested a new waitress after this, but was given 2 options -- keep your waitress or leave. When they refused, cops were called and Ricky says police politely escorted them out.

An Olive Garden spokesperson tells us the waitress and manager have been placed on leave while they investigate. Olive Garden reached out to Smith to apologize and invite him back.

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McDonald's Big Mac Creator Dies at 98

11/30/2016 9:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1130-jim-delligatti-ap-02The man who created McDonald's most iconic burger has gone to the big burger stand in the sky.

Michael "Jim" Delligatti, who made the first Big Mac, died in his home in Pittsburgh Monday night surrounded by family ... according to a McDonald's spokesperson.

Delligatti, who owned multiple McDonald's franchises in Pennsylvania, first thought of the Big Mac in the mid-1960s ... when he wanted to offer customers a bigger burger than what Mickey D's was offering at the time. McDonald's was reportedly opposed at first, but the burger gods ended up going with his idea in 1968. It was already a hit at all of his stores in PA.

Delligatti was 98. In case you forgot his invention inspired that awesome jingle.

Sorry, you're gonna be singing this all day. 

Broncos' Linebacker Shane Ray HIBACHI, PLEASE! I'm a Benihana Chef Now!

11/30/2016 7:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray has a fallback plan if the whole NFL thing doesn't work out -- he's a master Benihana chef ... and he's got the certificate to prove it! 

The 23-year-old donned the trademark Benihana chef hat and apron -- and got cookin' on the teppanyaki ... grillin' up everything from shrimp to fried rice!

He even did the "spin the egg" trick! 

Ray's teammate, Taurean Nixon, documented the whole thing -- and though Ray was strugglin' at times ... he did well enough to get certified! 

As for the food ... don't worry, he had a "real" chef standing over his shoulder making sure everything tasted delicious. 

'Napoleon Dynamite' Stars Reunite ... Share Some Tots

11/29/2016 9:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1129-Jon-Heder-Efren-Ramirez-Napoleon-Dynamite-burger-Kig-Cheese-Tots-launch"Napoleon Dynamite" fans rejoice -- Jon Heder and Efren Ramirez are back together for a sequel ... of sorts.

Napoleon and Pedro's reunion is kinda perfect because they did it for TOTS! But mostly for money ... they're doing a spot for a Burger King product.

It's like 2004 all over again -- awkward and hilarious, but they really should've gotten that fat lard, Tina, to show up.


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