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  • Tommaso Buti Had Famous Friends And A Supermodel Wife on Random Fashion Cafe Was Planet Hollywood For The Modeling World

    (#4) Tommaso Buti Had Famous Friends And A Supermodel Wife

    After landing in the United States, Tommaso Buti cozied up to the likes of Luca Orlandi, an ex-boyfriend of Naomi Campbell and the son of a prominent Italian textile manufacturer, and Stefano Chitis, the heir to major construction firm Fondedile.

    Buti soon made more famous friends, like actor Kevin Costner, and met Sports Illustrated model Daniela Peštová, whom he married in 1995. According to Buti, Peštová rejected his advances at first, but he eventually won her over with his passion and expensive gifts.

    Buti was no stranger to excess, driving Rolls Royces and Ferraris to and from tennis matches and cocktail dates with wealthy pals. 

  • The Dining Room Featured A Catwalk And Fashion Behind Glass on Random Fashion Cafe Was Planet Hollywood For The Modeling World

    (#6) The Dining Room Featured A Catwalk And Fashion Behind Glass

    Fashion items of all kinds added to the ambiance and surrounded diners. A catwalk wound down the middle of the dining room, and images from fashion magazines hung on the walls. Designer Bob Mackie donated clothing to go on display, and Victoria's Secret underwear worn by former models was placed behind glass for the world to see. 

    The restaurant also featured famous garments worn by performers like Jodie Foster and Madonna. The former's pantsuit from Silence of the Lambs wasn't too far away from the latter's Jean-Paul Gaultier bustier worn during her 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour.

    Despite the high fashion featured at the restaurant, servers wore modest black shirts and vests

  • A London Branch Was Opened In 1996 on Random Fashion Cafe Was Planet Hollywood For The Modeling World

    (#8) A London Branch Was Opened In 1996

    With the New York opening of the Fashion Cafe in 1995 a success, the Buti brothers sought to franchise. In London, they purchased the former Rialto theater in Leicester Square, across the street from a Planet Hollywood.

    New York and London were the primary locations for Fashion Cafes, but as many as seven additional restaurants opened up in cities like New Orleans, Jakarta, and Barcelona. The Butis planned to open even more international locations, but expenses quickly outweighed profits.

  • Fashion Cafe Opened In New York City To Much Fanfare In 1995 on Random Fashion Cafe Was Planet Hollywood For The Modeling World

    (#5) Fashion Cafe Opened In New York City To Much Fanfare In 1995

    When the inaugural Fashion Cafe opened in April 1995, actors, fashion designers, and music stars gathered to celebrate. Duran Duran and the Spin Doctors both performed, while comedians Damon Wayans and Denis Leary were in attendance. Mickey Rourke was there, as were the faces of the establishment: Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson, and Naomi Campbell.

    Tommaso Buti was there with his supermodel wife, Daniela Peštová, while other models, like Tyra Banks and Carol Alt, made appearances. Fashion icons Gianni and Donatella Versace also attended the event, which was featured on CNN and the BBC.

  • Famous Supermodels Were The Faces Of The Restaurant on Random Fashion Cafe Was Planet Hollywood For The Modeling World

    (#1) Famous Supermodels Were The Faces Of The Restaurant

    When founder Tommaso Buti approached Elle Macpherson in 1994, he offered between $50,000 and $100,000 per public appearance at his new restaurant, Fashion Cafe. Buti then enlisted Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell soon joined as well. A year later, Christy Turlington decided to make the group a foursome.

    The models were meant to help promote the idea of a restaurant based on fashion, glamour, and entertainment. However, the connection between models and food wasn't a strong one - something observers readily noted.

    Journalist and author Michael Gross stated, "the project seemed a bit ridiculous to me: themed restaurants were a tourist attraction.” Brand Failures author Matt Haig echoed these sentiments, adding that fashion "was not a theme that made people feel hungry." 

  • Fashion Cafe Was The Brainchild Of Brothers Tommaso And Francesco Buti on Random Fashion Cafe Was Planet Hollywood For The Modeling World

    (#3) Fashion Cafe Was The Brainchild Of Brothers Tommaso And Francesco Buti

    Tommaso Buti and his brother, Francesco, opened the Fashion Cafe in 1995. Tommaso, 28 at the time, had arrived in the United States from Florence, Italy in 1989. He claimed he was looking for a "fresh start" after his relationship with his father fell apart.

    Claiming he was from a wealthy family, Tommaso hoped to capitalize on people's fascination with the glitz and glamour of the fashion industry. According to journalist Michael Gross, "the phenomenon of supermodels [was] at its peak" in 1995, having become "mass entertainment and showbiz" in and of itself. 

    Tommaso and Francesco Buti joined forces during the early 1990s, linking their restaurant and real estate interests.

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Coffee Shop is a place where people gather for Leisure and business exchange. It is popular in every big, medium and small cities. What makes the cafe uniquely appealing is that it sells not just coffee, but a quality, a culture and an idea. The first cafe was called “Kaveh Kanes” and was built in Mecca. Although originally intended for a religious purpose, these places soon became centers for chess, small talk, singing, dancing, and music. Starting in Mecca, the cafés spread to Aden, Medina, Minas Gerais and Cairo.

The random tool generated 14 items for 14 coffee shops frequented by top Hollywood models. These cafes have now become Cafe Astoria, where fans and crowds like to punch in to prove they’ve been to the same places as their favorite models and stars.

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