*Top music manager Manny Halley, who reps Nicki Minaj and was seen regularly on client Keyshia Cole’s BET reality series “The Way it Is,” has swooped in as the new backer of high-end Chinese restaurant Philippe in Los Angeles.
“I’ve taken full control,” Manny tells The Hollywood Reporter. The popular power spot is known for its Peking duck and bold red-black-and-white color scheme. Its new L.A. incarnation debuts this month at 8620 Wilshire Blvd. near La Cienega. (The previous location on Melrose Avenue has since been taken over by vegan hotspot Crossroads.)
Halley, whose favorite Philippe dish is the salt-and-pepper lobster, previously invested in IHOP and Popeye’s franchises and says he plans to make Philippe 2.0 an industry player: “We have five different offers to book it Grammy weekend.”
The move comes 18 months after chef Philippe Chow lost a lawsuit to Mr. Chow’s Michael Chow that included charges of false advertising, costing him $1 million in damages.