Originally written on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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According to a local news station in Houston, Texas, Yao Ming’s restaurant has been shut down.  Former NBA player Yao Ming played for the Houston Rockets and drew in a big crowd to their games.  What he could not do was attract patrons to his restaurant, which was called Yao Restaurant and Bar.  According to the news station, a sign was on the door that said:  ”Closed due to non-payment of lease.”

Fans were asked about their opinion on the restaurant seemed to be a bit split.  Some say that the restaurant was a great place to unwind and others say that the restaurant and bar just was not a hit due to the location.  The location was actually recently bought by a group of investors that included NBA great Magic Johnson.

On the other hand, Yao Ming’s business partner stated that the center had nothing to do with the restaurant as a whole.  He just let them use his name, but does not necessarily have any ownership in the business.

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