It was around five years ago when Dwyane Wade, 36, started to think seriously about what his life post-basketball may look like. That’s what initially compelled him to launch his own wine label, Wade Cellars, in 2015. But what he really wanted to do was open a restaurant.
In fact, the three-time NBA champion has always envisioned himself as a restaurateur.
“More than 10 years ago, I almost opened a sports bar,” Wade says. “But the deal went bad; it went south. I was young, and I wasn’t well versed in the business. Running restaurants was something I wanted to do, but that experience left a sour taste in my mouth. At that point, I was like, ‘No more restaurants ever.’”