Celebs get lit at Shaquille O’Neal’s newest L.A. southern comfort restaurant

Will it be shrimp and grits a la Shaq? Or a burger made with kobe beef? Whatever your pleasure you can get it at the big man's new restaurant

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NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal attends the grand opening of Shaquille's At L.A. Live at LA Live on March 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

This past weekend, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal celebrated the opening of his first restaurant in Los Angeles, Shaquille at LA Live and like its owner, the opening was bigger than life.

The retired basketball legend and sports analyst celebrated his grand opening March 9, just a few days after his 47th birthday. The restaurant is located at Downtown L.A. Live, adjacent to the Staples Center. Celebrity friends and colleagues alike stopped by to support O’Neal’s latest venture, including Paul Pierce, Chauncey Billups, Tiffany Haddish, Adam Sandler, Rajon Rondo and more.

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The cuisine at Shaq’s is best described as “Southern hospitality with modern flair,” according to Eater, with the menu including a wide range of items from shrimp and grits to corn pudding.

Ironically (or perhaps, coincidentally) enough, the only two burgers on the menu are the Shaq cheeseburger and an actual Kobe burger, made of kobe beef, much the way O’Neal was teamed with Kobe Bryant on the LA Lakers from 1996 to 2004.

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The bar hosts a wide range of classic cocktails, craft bears and an impressive, and expansive wine menu.

Although this is O’Neal’s first restaurant in Los Angeles, back in October, Shaq debuted the Big Chicken restaurant in Las Vegas.