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At Rachel’s Kitchen, a Shaq Sighting


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After breakfast at Rachel's Kitchen, Shaq stops to pose for a photo with two Las Vegas police officers.

Staff and customers at Rachel’s Kitchen in downtown Las Vegas got a 7-foot-1 surprise yesterday when Shaquille O’Neal stopped in for breakfast at the café. 

The retired NBA star and Hall of Fame center opted for an order of the restaurant’s original pancakes and a cheddar cheese omelet, later stopping to pose for a photo with two Las Vegas police officers.

While Shaq’s not affiliated with Rachel’s Kitchen, it’s always nice to see a franchise get some celebrity love. Founded by Debbie Roxarzade in 2006, Rachel’s Kitchen has grown to eight locations in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, and the brand is looking to take its bistro breakfast, lunch and dinner fare outside the state. Including a franchise fee of $40,000, the estimated required investment for a 1,500- to 2,100-square-foot location ranges between $250,450 and $522,880.

Roxarzade first made a name for herself creating a number of restaurant concepts in Los Angeles, including Debbie’s Bistro, once recognized as one of the “Big 10 Best New Restaurants.”

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