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Benihana Sued Sushi Chefs Can Split Fish ... But Not Tips!

9/17/2016 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0914_benihana_tip_share_getty_tmz_compositeA Benihana waiter says he got screwed out of his tips by having to cut in the cooks behind the counter -- and far from woking it back, he's suing.

The server who filed the class action suit claims he was forced to fork over tons of his hard-earned tips to sushi chefs at his NY restaurant ... for 8 years! 

He claims he lost around $80 every week from '08-'16 -- which comes out to a little over $33k. He also says his restaurant's alleged practice of splitting front of house tips with back of house employees violates labor laws.

The suit claims there's a helluva lot more employees who might have been stiffed too, and invites 'em to hop on for a payout.

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

L.A. Rams Yo, Patriots ... We Dig Lobstah Too

9/16/2016 2:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0916_cousins_maine_lobster_truck_la_Rams_launchThe L.A. Rams are eating like they're New England Patriots, even if they're not scoring like them. Yet.

The Cousins Maine Lobster food truck rolled up to Rams practice on the Cal Lutheran University campus in Thousand Oaks and shelled out $4,000 worth of lobster to the players.

Seems like the team's already going Hollywood, since even their food has to be famous now. The owners of Cousins Maine struck a deal on "Shark Tank" with Barbara Corcoran.

The Rams have their home opener in L.A. this weekend, and they'll be fueled up on lobster tots, lobster grilled cheese, and lobster rolls. 

Probably won't be enough to help 'em upset the Seahawks, but at least they got some good grub.


Actor Duane Martin Show Us the Money! You Jacked Last Mayweather Fight

9/14/2016 4:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0914-duane-martin-tmz-getty-03Actor Duane Martin bobbed and weaved his way out of paying to air the Floyd Mayweather-Andre Berto fight in his restaurant ... according to the company in charge of distributing the bout.

J&J Sports Productions says it had exclusive rights to license Floyd's last fight -- a year ago -- to bars, restaurants, hotels and casinos. But according to a lawsuit, Martin and his restaurant, XEN Lounge, straight-up jacked the feed. 

In the docs, J&J says Martin illegally intercepted the feed and showed the fight at the restaurant ... which helped them make a bundle that night.

Depending on the capacity of XEN, it would've cost a few thousand to get the fight on the up and up. Now J&J is suing for damages in excess of $175k.

We've reached out to Martin, so far no word back. 

Louis Lombardi Can the Outrage Over 9/11 Walmart Tribute

9/11/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

'Sopranos' and "24" star Louis Lombardi thinks people getting pissed off over Walmart's Coke can 9/11 tribute ... is un-American.

Earlier this week a Florida Walmart built a 20 ft. display of the Twin Towers and an American flag using 12-packs of Coke products. Some people appreciated the artistry, but others found it a disrespectful, commercialized abomination.

Lombardi, a native New Yorker, thinks the haters are looking at the display the wrong way.

His take? Any tribute's a good one, and there's more important stuff to bitch about on social media.


BBQ Rib War 76-Year-Old Mows Down Racks ... Edged Out By Chestnut

9/1/2016 10:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Old people can EAT -- just ask the 76-YEAR-OLD MAN who came shockingly close to catching Joey Chestnut at one of the BIGGEST rib competitions in the world!! 

It all went down at the Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship near Reno, NV -- where Chestnut chomped through 9.6 POUNDS of spare ribs in 12 minutes (roughly 5 FULL RACKS). 

But the biggest shocker ... 76-year-old Rich "The Locust" LeFevre -- a retired C.P.A. who devoured his way into a 3RD PLACE finish ... crushing other competitors who appeared to be more than half his age!

LeFevre finished by eating 4.8 pounds of ribs!!! We'd say he's a guy you need to keep an eye on in the future ... but, you know ...

Matt Stonie took 2nd place with 7.8 pounds ... failing to defend his 2015 Rib-Eating championship. 

Joey Chestnut -- the king is (baby) back!!!! 

Kim, Kanye & North Drop Two Bills On Sweet & Sour

8/30/2016 4:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0830-kim-kardashian-kanye-candy-store-tmzKimKanye and North felt the need ... for sweets, and lots of 'em based on how much they forked out during a candy shopping spree.

The fam hit up the Dylan's Candy Bar flagship store Monday, and sources tell us they whipped out 2 Benjs for lollipops, Push Pops and Gobstoppers. They also stocked up on sour goods like Sour Skittles, Rainbow Nerds Rope, Trolli Gummy Peachie-O's and Sour Octopus. 

Zero Sour Patch Kids though. Big mistake. Huge.

Mom and Dad also scooped up a cupcake pillow and temporary tatts for North -- but a new toothbrush and floss might've been more appropriate. 

Teyana Taylor If You Wanna Eat Twinkies Dance Your Ass Off!

8/30/2016 6:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Teyana Taylor's killer body is not only a tasty treat ... it's filled with them.

We caught the "Fade" dancer leaving Ace of Diamonds where you'd think she showed the girls there how to get down. But check out the vid ... instead we learn she's got a major sweet tooth.

And get this ... her fiance, NBA star Iman Shumpert, has his own plans after watching her in Kanye's vid.


Gladys Knight I'm Not Chicken to Sue My Son

8/29/2016 1:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0829-gladys-knight-restaurant-chicken-and-waffles-TMZ-YELP-01Gladys Knight might've just proved blood isn't always thicker than water -- she just sued her son to stop using mama's name and face in the restaurant biz.

Gladys wants the person now running the restaurants previously managed by her son, Shanga Hankerson, to 86 her from signs and promotions for the chicken and waffle joints.

Gladys says she gave the green light to use her name and image for the restaurants back in '99, but put the kibosh on the deal a few months ago after the eateries were raided by the Georgia Department of Revenue. Her son was arrested for allegedly pocketing a million bucks.

And one more thing ... in addition to money and an injunction, Gladys wants all her memorabilia adorning the restaurants returned to her.

Tristan Thompson Canadian Trophy-Off ... At Famous Donut Shop

8/26/2016 9:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0826-tristan-thompson-twitter-01If the Stanley Cup can go on a donut run ... so can the Larry O'Brien trophy! 

Cleveland Cavs stud Tristan Thompson grabbed the NBA championship hardware and took it on a little getaway to Canada ... where he's been giving it a tour of his home country. 

But the best part ... he took Larry to Tim Hortons ... a famous coffee and donut shop chain up north where Sidney Crosby brought the NHL's biggest prize back in July. 

"I saw Sidney Crosby brought the Stanley Cup to @timhortons so only right I brought Larry!" Tristan tweeted. 

Maybe Peyton will road trip with the Vince Lombardi Trophy next ... not like he's got anything else to do.  


Justin Bieber I Got Yer Footlong Right Here, Sofia

8/26/2016 8:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Justin Bieber is one helluva a multitasker ... dancing, chowing down on a sub and getting some QT with Sofia Richie ... and he did it all in front of the TMZ Celebrity Tour bus.

Sofia and the Biebs were cruising down Sunset Blvd in WeHo Thursday during rush hour when they ended up stopped next to our bus.

We tried to get some intel on JB's sandwich of choice, but all he was giving up was his dance moves. Fans on the bus and on Sunset Blvd. seemed more than satisfied.


Emily Sears My Butt's a Pro At Eating Bikinis

8/26/2016 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0826_emily_sears_beach_bikini_thong_buut_launchWe all know Emily Sears can throw down burgers, thanks to Carl's Jr. ... but her ass is pretty good at devouring stuff too.

We got the Aussie smoke show in Santa Monica, taking a dip and soaking up the end of summer rays.

Emily famously sucked down a ton of bacon during that "Three-Way" spot.

0722-main-carls-jr-commercial-3Yeah, it's pretty clear she does good work with food.

You know I have to throw this up for #nationalpizzaday #🍕#pizza

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Chief Keef My Birthday Cake Is Over Being Sober

8/16/2016 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0816_chief_keef_birthday_cake_launchChief Keef is so anti-sobriety even his birthday cake is under the influence. 

The rapper celebrated his 21st birthday with a cake straight out of a stoner's dream -- edible blunts and a Promethazine bottle on a 3-tier cake. Settle down, lean users ... it's just a fondant decoration. 

Cake and Art in WeHo made the sweet piece ... complete with edible frosting paper to recreate Bill Da Butcher artwork -- and the "gold" chains might look tough, but they're just buttercream.  

For the record: No actual codeine syrup was included in the recipe. 

We're told Marc Gravelle needed just 4 hours to create the dope cake, which set Chief back a cool $1k.

Munchies handled.

Jerry Ferrara Sued Beat it, Turtle ... Fat Sal's Fed Up!

8/16/2016 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0816-jerry-ferrara-tmz-01Jerry Ferrara is driving a really hard bargain with the chain of sandwich joints he co-owns and agreed to promote ... so claims Fat Sal's in a new lawsuit aimed at 86'ing Ferrara.

Ferrara grew unhappy with his Fat Sal's deal and wanted a bigger ownership stake in the restaurants as it expanded ... according to the docs. The Gayley Group, which runs Fat Sal's, says Ferrara bought stock back in 2010 and had a nice return -- nearly $200k on an investment of $74k.

The company says Ferrara was supposed to pump up the deli shop, but threatened to bail on all promotions because he grew sour with his deal. In the suit, the co. says Ferrara complained so much ... Gayley ultimately offered him a 5% stake in some of the new restaurants it was opening.

Gayley says Ferrara instead demanded 10%. When that was shot down, Gayley claims Ferrara sicced his lawyers on them.

The company's suing to remove him as a partner. 

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