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IndyCar's Dixon & Franchitti Robbed At Gunpoint ... 2 Teenagers Arrested

5/22/2017 8:24 AM PDT
Breaking News

IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti were robbed at gunpoint at an Indianapolis Taco Bell Sunday night, and two teenagers are under arrest ... according to Indy police.

Franchitti and Dixon were at the restaurant's drive-thru -- only a few blocks from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- around 9:45 PM last night when cops say 2 teenage boys robbed the group.

Cops say they they tracked down the juvenile suspects about a half hour later. One of them tried to flee and had to be taken down by a canine.  

Police say both suspects were arrested and told cops where they could find the stolen property.

FYI -- Dixon, in town for the Indy 500 ... earned the pole with one of the fastest qualifying times ever just hours before the robbery. Franchitti, a 3x Indy winner, retired in '13 after a serious injury in a wreck.

The Kardashians Favorito Mexican Spot Esta Cerrado On Heels of Roach Issue

5/17/2017 3:12 PM PDT

Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian had their Cinco de Mayo celebration at a Mexican restaurant that had just reopened after handling a roach problem -- and now the joint's closed again for renovations.

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Casa Vega hosted the sisters, Kris Jenner and their pal Jonathan Cheban on May 5 -- 1 day after it reopened following a health department shutdown. 

County officials temporarily closed the Sherman Oaks spot on May 2 after reportedly getting a tip about las cucarachas. Casa Vega said 2 of 'em were found in a storage room, but they squashed the issue quickly.

Now Casa Vega's closed again, and this time for a full kitchen remodel. The restaurant says it's adding completely new equipment. Employees were outside Wednesday scrubbing down all the gear.

Sorry, Khlo ... no Taco Tuesday next week.

LAX's Petrossian Caviar Bar Sued You Fired Me for Whistleblowing Rotten Roe

5/15/2017 7:12 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If you love caviar, you're probably not reading this. But just in case ...

Petrossian Caviar and Champagne Bar in LAX was serving rotten caviar to its schmancy food-loving customers according to an ex-cook ... who says he was fired for calling out the bad eggs.

Donald Gray filed a lawsuit against his former bosses, and according to the docs he says he got sick from tasting expired caviar the honchos insisted he sample before dishing it out to the travelling masses at LAX.

Side note to the rest of the country: Yes, L.A.'s airport is so fancy you can get caviar on the run.

In the suit, Gray says honchos instructed cooks to use expired caviar for their dishes, and even ripped off can labels to hide expiration dates. He claims he got food poisoning after a sampling in 2015, and began filing paperwork to report it, but instead of cooperating ... higher-ups disciplined him for eating caviar on the job ... a breach of company rules.

He was ultimately fired, and is suing for wrongful termination, retaliation and lost wages -- including meal breaks he was allegedly never given. 

The LAX restaurant is not owned or run by the famed (in caviar circles) Petrossian family ... an independent operator merely licenses the name. 

#snootylawsuit

Lisa Vanderpump Pizza Fire Forces Restaurant Evac

5/15/2017 2:14 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lisa Vanderpump's customers at Villa Blanca had to clear out, STAT, Monday afternoon when a fire broke out in the restaurant.

Lunch patrons were evacuated when smoke started to fill the restaurant and the Bev Hills building around it. Lisa's husband, Ken Todd, is on the scene and tells us the fire started in one of their pizza ovens. No injuries, everyone got out safely ... but Ken says they'll be closed for a few days for cleanup. 

Villa Blanca is Lisa's first restaurant. She also owns and operates PUMP in WeHo.

Eddie Lacy Gets Fat Bonus Check ... For Droppin' Weight

5/15/2017 11:53 AM PDT
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Eddie Lacy's off-season diet plan is already paying off HUGE -- the NFL star just cashed a $55k bonus check from the Seattle Seahawks for hitting a major weight loss milestone.

EL's weight issues are no secret -- and when he signed his new deal with Seattle, the team tied $385k to specific weight loss targets ... since he reportedly blew up to 267 during the off-season. 

The first checkpoint was $55k if Eddie hit 255 by May 15. The good news -- he's 253.

Cha-ching.

The next goal is 250 lbs by June which he must maintain through August. Then he must stay at 245 through the season. Basically, he gets $55k for each month he hits the target weight.

Eddie's tried P90X in the past -- and the program famously slimmed him down into the low 240s.

The big issue for Lacy ... dude loves Chinese food -- LOVES IT.

We did some Yelping -- looks like there's a handful of Chinese joints right near the Hawks practice facility.

Stay strong, Eddie ...

Katy Perry Bon Appe ... Yuck!

5/14/2017 8:52 AM PDT

Katy Perry has officially lost her appetite for cherry pie ... she literally can't stomach another bite.

Katy was out pumping up her new single, "Bon Appetite" this weekend at the Wango Tango concert in Carson, CA -- and noshed on a big ole cherry pie. It's been her big promo gag lately for the song. 

Unfortunately, Katy has her limits when it comes to snacking on pie ... and this time she spit it out with a very grossed out look.

Must not have been her recipe, but that face is priceless.

Reese Witherspoon Back to Her Roots ... Sucking Down Crawfish in NOLA

5/12/2017 7:24 AM PDT

Reese Witherspoon did farm to table the New Orleans way -- getting her hands dirty, going elbow deep in crawfish ... then washing it down with a good drink. 

Reese is down South for work, but she hit up Clesi's for the NOLA delicacy and a quick lesson. Gotta get your seasonings right and cook them critters for just the right amount of time. Looks like everyone enjoyed the meal ... and ice cold hurricanes too.

Reese was born on the Bayou, but raised in Nashville so she's just getting back to her roots.

Pinch tails, suck heads ... Reese knows the deal.

#NuggsForCarter Teen Wendy's Just the Start ... I'm Making the Most of My 15 Mins!

5/9/2017 2:35 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The teen who scored a year's worth of free Wendy's chicken nuggets is getting advice on how to handle his new celeb status, and all those free nuggs!

Carter Wilkerson was on "TMZ Live" talking about the success of his #nuggsforcarter campaign and revealed his game plan now that Wendy's is hooking him up for his viral tweet. Then Harvey hooked him up with a better plan ... he thinks, at least.

The 16-year-old seemed open to the advice, but following through won't be easy -- not with all those vouchers burning a hole in his pocket.

Qantas CEO Gets Messy Message ... Shut Your Pie Hole!!!

5/9/2017 1:58 PM PDT

The CEO of Qantas Airways got served a whole pie to the face and never saw it coming!

The incident went down Monday when Alan Joyce was talking to a bunch of business leaders in Australia. Out of nowhere, someone walked onstage with a pie in hand and blasted the unsuspecting honcho ... IN THE FACE!!

Joyce never skipped a beat -- changed into a clean suit, and said these kinda shenanigans go down all the time. The pie-man was reportedly ID'd and arrested.

The airline biz is getting more physical every day.

Wendy's #NuggsforCarter Teen Gets Hook Up After Beating Ellen!

5/9/2017 8:15 AM PDT
Breaking News

Wendy's just rewarded the teen who tried to score a year's worth of chicken nuggets -- even though he fell more than 14 million shy of the restaurant's Twitter demands.

We ain't hating, since Carter Wilkinson DID beat out Ellen DeGeneres for most retweets in history -- 3,433,823 with his #nuggsforcarter campaign. Ellen previously had the record for her Oscars selfie.

Getting that record was good enough for Wendy's which said Tuesday morning it's hooking up Carter with a year's supply of free nuggs. Dude got a certificate and vouchers to make it official.

Carter started his quest last month when he tweeted Wendy's asking how many retweets he needed to score the deal. Wendy's said 18 million.

He got a nice discount.

George Clooney, Rande Gerber Casamigos Unidos por Cumpleaños! ... Gracias, Amal!

5/8/2017 9:29 AM PDT

George Clooney and Rande Gerber kept a tradition going of celebrating their birthdays, thanks to Amal -- who surprised the hell outta both of 'em over the weekend.

Sources close to the group tell TMZ ... Amal invited Rande and Cindy Crawford to fly to the UK to surprise George, and join them for an intimate Saturday night dinner. We're told it worked ... George was dumbfounded when he saw his bff.

George and Rande -- whose birthdays fall within about a week of each other -- usually celebrate together, but since George and Amal moved to London ... it seemed like that might not happen.

Rande's appearance wasn't the only surprise. We're told Amal brought out a custom Casamigos cake -- featuring mini George and Rande figurines ... which actually kinda does 'em justice.

Ayesha Curry Opening BBQ Joint ... With Super Famous Chef

5/8/2017 6:15 AM PDT
Breaking News

Chef Curry with the pot!!! 

Ayesha Curry -- wife of NBA superstar Steph Curry -- is opening her own own BBQ restaurant in San Francisco with the help of one of the most famous chef/restaurateurs in the world! 

Make no mistake about it, Ayesha is a legit cook -- and has been featured on the Food Network a bunch of times over the years. 

Now, she's making the leap and opening her own place -- with Michael Mina ... who operates TWO Michelin star rated restaurants. 

Ayesha says the restaurant will be called International Smoke -- and will open mid 2017. 

The menu will feature ribs, BBQ lobster, slow cooked pork, sausage and more! 

Guessing the Golden State Warriors will get a friends and family discount??? 

Starbucks Sued You Jacked Our Magical Unicorn! Now it's Just Crappy Frapp

5/4/2017 2:07 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Starbucks' pink and blue Unicorn Frappuccino craze has a Brooklyn coffee shop feeling straight-up blue ... and super pissed off.

Owners of The End claim the idea of a brightly colored, multi-flavored drink was theirs, AND they came up with it months before Starbucks. In a lawsuit, The End says its Unicorn Latte features pink and blue colors and ZERO coffee ... just like Starbucks' concoction.

According to the suit ... The End started selling its Unicorn Latte in December 2016 and filed paperwork to own the name in January. Starbucks rolled out their beverage in April, and The End says it's confusing consumers -- Unicorn Frapp, Unicorn Latte ... tomato, tomahto.

The End wants Starbucks to stop using Unicorn on all its drinks and pay up for stealing it. Not fuh nuthin' but ... the Brooklyn shop also wants a public apology.

A Starbucks rep tells us ... the suit is without merit, and its drink was inspired by many unicorn-themed foods and drinks trending on social media.

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