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2 Chainz I'm Cleaning House at My Tapas Joint After Tanking Inspection

2/25/2017 12:20 AM PST

0224-2-chainz-escobar-restaurant-TMZ-012 Chainz was so pissed after his ATL restaurant bombed a health inspection, he immediately 86'd at least 5 rookie managers from the joint ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the rapper tell us he immediately hired new bosses at Escobar Restaurant and Tapas -- all of whom have at least 5 years restaurant experience. We're told Chainz made the quick change on the heels of the joint scoring 59 out of 100 last week with the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Escobar just opened in December, and it's his first venture into the restaurant biz. We're told 2 Chainz feels the problem was hiring inexperienced people to run his place. He thinks his new hired guns will clean house ... literally.

The health dept. says it found raw hamburgers stored over collared greens, raw shrimp/fish over sweet potatoes, and a mold-like substance in the ice machine. Inspectors will be back next week.

A rep for 2 Chainz tells us they've "made major changes to continue to be champions of food safety, service and just plain good food."

Robin Thicke and Son Here's the Water-Guzzling Court Monitor

2/23/2017 5:29 PM PST

0223_robin_thicke_supervised-visit_AKM-GSI-2Pics have surfaced of Robin Thicke and his son, Julian, at Nobu in Malibu ... the lunch Paula Patton claims was essentially an attempt to bribe the Dept. of Children and Family Services with sushi.

As we reported, Robin's team has scoffed at Paula's claim, and says the monitor -- Mike, who's wearing the hat -- sat at a separate table and only drank water. The monitor is required by the judge to be present the entire time Robin is with his 6-year-old son.

We're told the monitor was sitting at a table with someone from the Dept. of Children and Family Services, who was actually there to monitor the monitor after Paula complained about him. He too, we're told, only drank water.

As for why they went to Nobu ... it's Julian's fav.


U.S. State Department Drops Hundreds of Thousands on Silverware

2/15/2017 12:40 AM PST

0214_american_embassy-scroll_composite-2bThe U.S. State Department is out to entertain the world, and when it comes to silverware it's sparing no expense.

Lenox Holdings just snagged a State Dept. contract for $71.7k to provide "elegant yet graceful formal table settings that reflect American standards ... for official entertaining of foreign dignitaries."

Lenox carves "Embassy Scroll" patterns on the handles.

The company got a similar contract from the State Dept. in August for $284,000. Lots of knives and forks.

The silverware will go around the globe to embassies around the world. A State Dept. official tells us with 400 locations, they have to constantly replenish and add silverware to the existing stock.

Wolfgang Puck Dishes Up F-Bomb On HSN

2/13/2017 4:22 PM PST

Wolfgang Puck dropped the f-bomb like it was fresh meat on a grill while he was live on HSN.

Wolfgang was promoting his own 14-piece cookware, and its low low price ... when he expressed shock at how much the competition charges. It was quick, and it was late Saturday night ... so maybe no one noticed.

Clearly, someone's a little slow on the censor button over at HSN.

Justin Bieber That's a Latte Cops

2/13/2017 2:25 PM PST
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Justin Bieber made nice with a bunch of cops this weekend by getting 'em hopped up on caffeine.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Biebs took his Lambo for a coffee run Saturday night in Mission Viejo, and happened to show up as a few Orange County Sheriff deputies were waiting too. We're told Justin volunteered to cover their orders.

When even a few more deputies came in -- and happened to be JB fans -- he kept the goodwill going with selfies. Clearly, that photo ban doesn't apply to everyone. Don't worry, the baristas made out too with a $10 tip, we're told.

They chatted for about 15 minutes before Justin bolted ... at posted speed limits, we're sure.

Mike and Ike Co. Sued Customer Claims Candy Shortage in Boxes

2/13/2017 12:30 AM PST

0210-MIKE-N-IKE-hot-tamale-fun-art-01The company that makes Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales -- candy you buy at the movies -- is shortchanging customers and selling them air ... according to a new lawsuit.

A California woman claims she bought a $4 box of Mike and Ikes at a theater, only to discover it was half full of slack-fill -- 46% air. She says she was tricked by the packaging and never would have bought it had she known it wasn't loaded with candy.

The lady thinks it's a giant conspiracy ... the candy is sold in a glass case to keep her from inspecting it, but even if she had been able to shake it ... she still wouldn't have known the box was half empty.

The woman claims she did her own investigation and found that Hot Tamales boxes have the same deception inside -- half full. She goes on to say a competitor candy company that makes Boston Baked Beans fills its boxes to the brim.

A rep for the candy company tells us it will vigorously defend itself from these "baseless allegations."

Detroit Tigers Owner Mike Ilitch Dies Founded Little Caesars Pizza Too

2/10/2017 4:09 PM PST
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0210-Mike-Ilitch-gettyDetroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch -- who also founded Little Caesars Pizza -- has died at 87 ... his family confirmed.

Ilitch was worth a fortune ... reportedly more than $6 BILLION.

He also owned the Detroit Red Wings ... who won 4 Stanley Cups under his ownership. 

“My father was a once-in-a-generation entrepreneur, visionary and leader, setting the tone for our organization and our family” ... Ilitch's son said in a statement.

Ilitch's family says he died at a local hospital.

Emeril Lagasse, John Besh Celeb Chefs Have Recipe for Relief For N.O. Tornado Victims

2/9/2017 12:20 AM PST

0208-chef-bech-emerill-facebook-tmz-01Celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse and John Besh are cooking for a cause ... helping tornado victims in New Orleans.

The chefs have opened their wallets and offered up food after 7 tornadoes ripped through the City's 9th Ward Tuesday, destroying dozens of homes and leaving dozens injured.

0208-tornado-destruction-getty-9Emeril donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank. The org has already distributed more than 23,000 pounds of food.

Meanwhile, John -- a former regular on 'Iron Chef' shows -- and his partner, Alon Shaya, have used one of their restaurants to whip up 500 meals for locals. 

Emeril has 4 restaurants in New Orleans, and John -- a Louisiana native -- has 15. 


Kanye West Baskin' In the Ice Cream ... None for Kim, Thanks

2/8/2017 7:25 AM PST

0208-kim-kardashian-kanye-west-ice-cream-photos-launch-Kanye West had a hankerin' for some ice cream Tuesday night after his dinner date with Kim Kardashian -- but out of 31 flavors ... he settled for just one.

Kim and 'Ye hit the town, grabbing some Italian at E Baldi in Bev Hills, after which they beelined it for Baskin-Robbins. She waited outside, and he ventured in alone.

Looks like he's a man of simple tastes ... 1 scoop of strawberry, it seems.

Good to have you back, sir.

In-N-Out Burger Can't Take Us to the Cleaners ... That's Our Logo!!

2/7/2017 3:49 PM PST

0207-in-n-out-cleaners-fun-art-GETTY-TMZ-02In-N-Out Burger is accusing a dry cleaner of pulling a double-double of sorts -- blatantly ripping off its famous logo.

The burger joint is suing In-N-Out Cleaners in Wichita, and one look at their signs makes it pretty obvious why. Other than the clever use of a clothes hanger, seems pretty dead-on to the naked eye.


In-N-Out Burger says angry consumers ratted out the dry cleaner on Facebook. According to the docs, one hungry customer thought In-N-Out was finally in town ... only to be disappointed.

This should be settled faster than it takes to throw down animal style fries and a Neopolitan shake.


Harambe-Shaped Cheeto Ridic $100k eBay Bid May-eBay BS

2/7/2017 10:38 AM PST

0207-main-harambe-cheeto-ebay-01If a Flamin' Hot Cheeto shaped like Harambe the gorilla selling for nearly $100,000 sounds too good to be true, it's because it very well might be ... according to the guy waiting for the dough.

The Cheeto Harambe owner, named Chris, tells us bidding closed at $99,900. Sounds awesome on paper, but Chris says eBay's still contacting the person behind the bid to make sure he/she is serious. If not ... eBay will go down the line, checking with the next highest bidders until someone's willing to pay up.

Chris says the good news is there were several bids over $90k ... so he still stands to make a bundle, plus he was only aiming for a price in the thousands.

Whatever the final sale price, Chris says he plans to split the cash with a coworker who suggested the eBay auction, and also make a donation in Harambe's name to an animal organization.

Right now, the golden Cheeto's just chilling at Chris' home until it finds a new one.


Nutribullet Sued It Chopped My Tomatoes and My Hand

2/6/2017 12:50 AM PST

0203-nb-injuriesA Nutribullet allegedly did what its name insinuates ... it shot like a bullet through a woman's hand, tearing it apart.

Wendy Littlefield claims in a new lawsuit she was blending canned tomatoes and beans when her NutriBullet 900 series exploded without warning, sending the blades spinning smack into her right hand. The pictures are super gnarly.

Wendy says she endured multiple surgeries but still lost feeling and use of 2 fingers. Wendy's attorneys at Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo, LLP, add this isn't an isolated incident ... they've filed similar lawsuits on behalf of at least 2 other consumers who claim they were injured by the product.

We reached out to Nutribullet, so far no word back.

Fun Fact: Wendy's the mother of Cambrie Littlefield, a pageant coach on "Toddlers & Tiaras."

'Cash Me Ousside' Girl Goes Hollywood Threatens to Fight Paparazzi Horde

2/3/2017 6:34 AM PST

What's the BEST restaurant for "Cash Me Ousside" girl to hit while she's in L.A.???


13-year-old Internet mega-sensation Danielle Bregoli -- the chick who famously threatened to fight Dr. Phil's ENTIRE studio audience (and called them "hos") has made her triumphant return to Cali.

Bregoli and her mom seemed to be LOVING the spotlight, until the paparazzi flashed their bulbs a few times too many -- "Y'all gotta stop blinding me. I'm gonna punch one of y'all in y'all sh*t."

Don't worry, 'Cash Me' girl even teased her comeback appearance on Phil ... howbow dah?! 

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