LOS Angeles Lakers legend Pau Gasol continues to pursue success with an all-star team after retiring from basketball.
Towards the end of his playing days, the former NBA star got into gastronomy and invested in the gourmet restaurant Tatel together with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and tennis icon Rafael Nadal.
Singer Enrique Iglesias is another celebrity involved in the company.
The Spanish tapas restaurant first opened in Madrid in 2014 before expanding to Ibiza, the US and the Middle East.
Promising to bring back the atmosphere of the roaring 20’s to its locations, it offers delicious drinks and tapas as well as live DJ and music performances.
“Tatel takes the iconic secret bars of the American ’20s,” says the chain’s website, “and combines them with the most avant-garde techniques and current trends to design unique cocktail creations that will take you back to those evenings and nights of debauchery. ” “
Gasol won the Spanish league three times with Barcelona and clinched a World Cup title, three EuroBasket championships and three Olympic medals with Spain.
In the NBA, the Spanish forward led the Lakers to back-to-back championships alongside Kobe Bryant after joining the Purple and Gold in 2008.
And the NBA Hall-of-Famer’s entry into the hospitality industry is on a similarly successful path.
Kayak and OpenTable placed Tatel’s location in Madrid her list of 25 restaurants from around the world worth flying to.
The restaurant is now on its way to Dubai, with the grand opening scheduled for the third quarter of 2023 Time out Dubai.
Additionally, the celebrity-studded ownership group has launched another brand serving luxury Italian fare at a Toto restaurant in Madrid.
And Gasol seems proud of what he’s been able to achieve in collaboration with his elite athlete partners.
When the Spaniard celebrated the retirement of his number 16 jersey by the Lakers in March, he invited Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and other guests to attend a special party at Tatel’s Beverly Hill location.
Gasol officially retired in 2021.
The Memphis Grizzlies selected the Barcelona native with the third overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft before trading him to the Lakers seven years later.
The Spanish forward also played for the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks.