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Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder may have gotten kicked out of the playoffs early, but he’s definitely been keeping busy.

Thanks to his business acumen, the Baltimore native has invested upwards of $5 million in two New York restaurants, in hopes of helping them expand across the country. Nobody’s Pizza in the South Bronx and The Ainsworth sports bar in midtown are the recipients of the investments and are projected to open between 20 and 30 locations. According to the Post, the eateriesĀ are set to be built in the next seven years with most being near sports stadiums.

On the other side of the deal is Keith Rubenstein, a real estate developer behind Somerset Partners. The first expansion will be in Nashville, where the Ainsworth already has another location in the works, and a Nobody’s Pizza will be popping up there, too. It’ll be Nobody’s Pizza’s first addition to the family, while the Ainsworth already has four locations in New York, one in New Jersey, and another in Kansas City.


The Ainsworth recently got another jolt of popularity when Jonathan Cheban indulged in the decadent 24-karat gold wings, but it’sĀ the over the top menu that has always been part of the establishment’s charm.

Now it’s time to see what team Melo ends up on after what will surely be an interesting offseason.