Lady Gaga’s parents will open a New York eatery next week named Joanne Trattoria.
But before you start lining up around the block, Little Monsters, Cynthia and Joe Germanotta want to make it clear: This isn’t their daughter’s restaurant.
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 — “her blue eyes widening.”
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.”
It may be a little too late to stop the hype. Gaga talked about opening the restaurant with her dad on her Thanksgiving special, which was watched by 5.5 million viewers: “It was just always my dad’s dream to own a place. ... And to watch him open up the restaurant of his dreams ... that’s wealth. That’s the dream.” Joanne’s head chef, Art Smith, a celeb in his own right, cooked alongside Gaga during that special.
(Joe Germanotta told the Times that he “could have” afforded to open the place without Gaga, who is not an owner.)
Another indication that the singer’s very public statement about Joanne cannot be unheard? Some of comments on the restaurant's Facebook page, the first of which reads, “Gaga I [heart] you.”
But hey, having too many customers can’t be all that bad, right? Even if they aren’t wearing pants?