Planet of the Celebs
"People love the movies, and we want to export Hollywood to the world," said co-owner and movie producer Keith (9½ Weeks) Barish. The goal of the props and the decor (by Batman designer Anton Furst), he says, is to duplicate the feeling "in The Wizard of Oz when you go from black-and-white to color. When you walk in off the street, you walk into the world of Hollywood." Or, as Stallone put it: "It's not just a restaurant, it's a concept."
Opening-night attendees were suitably impressed. "The stuff they've got here is unbelievable," raved Christian Slater. "I love it," agreed Saturday Night Live's Chris Rook. "Especially the Planet of the Apes heads." Even Rock, though, was a little starstruck. "Bruce Willis actually came up to me and said he's a fan of mine," he confided. "Now I have to go home and tell my family."