Jay Z’s Mother Opens Comfort Food Restaurant in New Jersey

08/11/2014 at 04:30 PM ET

Jay Z's Mother Opens Restaurant
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In addition to being the mother of one of the most famous rappers in the world, Jay Z‘s mom, Gloria Carter, can now add a new item to her list of accomplishments — opening a restaurant.

Diamondz N Da Ruff Cafe & Lounge, owned by Carter and two other New Jersey women, opened last Saturday in the city of Newark. The love of restaurants must run in the family: Jay Z is part-owner of the 40/40 Club, his New York-area lounges in Manhattan and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Carter’s comfort food menu includes dishes like sliders, crab cakes and chicken wings, reports Eater. There’s also a fish sandwich (no word on whether its grilled or fried) and a house salad for the times you’re feeling more virtuous. Once the breakfast menu launches later this year, diners will have the option of pancakes, egg platters and grits, too.

Diamondz will also host a few themed days each week, including “Soul Food Sundays” and Karaoke Fridays. (We wonder how many times Jay Z and Beyoncé songs will be requested?!)

Despite the rumors that Bey and Jay’s marriage is on the rocks, the couple made an appearance at the grand opening to support Jay’s mom.

Our only question is: Does Diamondz offer any vegan dishes for the next time the couple wants to co-diet?

—Rosa Heyman

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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cruella on

Terrible name for an eatery!!
#G H E T T O

Anne on

I think the name is supposed to be associated with or influenced by Hip-Hop which is not surprising given the connection of her son to the genre.

Joyce on

I have a out of the world BBQ sauce I make for my baby back ribs, my kids and all of their friends have enjoyed it for years now if you would like I would send you some to try. I really can’t tell how much of what i put in it because i just add as i cook. Good Luck with your new place. They need more of these places to eat and enjoy them self’s.
Sincerely Joyce

Anonymous on

Good for jay z mother now for jay and bey black and togther the white OH’s are mad he ‘s not on there open ever min ASS move on hurger white

E on

Not a fan of JayZ, but for some reason I have MAD respect for his momz.

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