Ashton KutcherIt’s well known that Ashton Kutcher is a keen tech investor. In fact, Real Business sat in his presence at the Sage Summit in Chicago, during which time he spoke of his transition from TV and film to business. His time producing TV shows in his twenties made him aware that digital media speeds were getting faster, which piqued his interest and lead him into tech. “I started investing in various companies and learning by failing – a lot,” he said. And learning by sitting in rooms where I was the dumbest person and keeping my mouth shut, listening, and asking as many questions as I could.” Outside of tech though, Kutcher has tossed his hat into the hospitality entrepreneurs ring, trying his luck as a restaurant owner. In partnership with his co-stars from That 70s Show, making a truly celebrity affair, Kutcher launched the Dolce Group of restaurants. It comprised a few restaurants, inclusive of Italian-based namesake Dolce Enoteca in LA, which is now closed. And prior to the closure of Geisha House in 2013, the Japanese-themed bar and restaurant had its doors open for nine years, while American style diner Ketchup also shuttered. It’s unclear what caused the decision to call it quits with the venues, some of which had opened in Washington DC and Riyadh, but a quick look at the Dolce Group website and seemingly the business no longer exists at all. While Kutcher appears to have left the restaurant business behind, we’ve found one fellow actor whose eatery has been going for 13 years – even though it made him “broke” when he opened it.
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