Lady Gaga’s parents are opening an Italian restaurant in New York this week. Like many relatives of celebrities, you would expect them to be capitalizing on the fact that their daughter is arguably one of the most famous people in the world. But instead Cynthia and Joe Germanotta want to make it clear that their daughter is not associated with their restaurant. The modest Italian neighborhood eatery on West 68th Street in New York was described by The New York Times as having a “well-stocked bar, a cozy back patio and seating for about 70 people.” The walls are covered with scenes of the Tuscan countryside, and near a fireplace at the entrance, diners will see some Germanotta family photos hanging by a front booth. You should not expect to see weird shoes or crazy Little Monsters running around. In an interview with the New York Times, the Germanottas seem to be slightly concerned that their daughter’s superstar status will threaten the eatery’s “low key” atmosphere. “One tweet and it’s over,” Cynthia Germanotta told the Times. Joe Germanotta said, “If [Gaga’s fans are] expecting to come in here and see Grammys and pictures and stuff like that, it’s not going to happen.” The Times noted that Gaga is not officially a part-owner of the restaurant, which Joseph said the family could have afforded to open even if his daughter had not risen to global fame.
But the Germanottas may be too late. Gaga talked about opening the restaurant with her dad on her Thanksgiving special, which was watched by 5.5 million viewers. People have already mentioned the musician on the restaurant’s Facebook page as well. But won’t her parents be happy if their daughter’s celebrity status brings in more customers? Or perhaps her parents are now just saying they don’t want her to be associated with the restaurant because she already got them a lot of press (I’m giving them some right now as I write this.) Do we say a dress made out of pasta in Lady Gaga’s future?