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OK! Exclusive: Jonathan Cheban Talks Burger Restaurant Opening & The Craziest Kardashian Rumors Of 2014

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Jan. 8 2015, Updated 5:35 p.m. ET

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Jonathan Cheban has a lot on his plate. From running the lifestyle website to owning eatery Sushi Couture – all the while keeping up with BFF Kim Kardashian – the former PR pro is ready for his next course: a bandit!

The self-proclaimed “Kanye West of food” exclusively opened up to about his latest restaurant, Burger Bandit.

“It’s more affordable, but yet you still have the quality and you still have the look of a fairly expensive burger place, kind of like a Shake Shack,” the reality star told OK!. “I want people to afford eating delicious, mushy, yummy burgers and not have to pay $17 for a meal.”

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Burger Bandit isn’t like your typical fast food joint. Cheban’s bandits are bigger than sliders, yet smaller than an average burger.

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“They’re right in between so you could have two or three of them,” Cheban explained. “Usually when people eat sliders they’re really hard because they’re so small, so they’re like hockey pucks. These are bigger so they’re juicier.”

In addition to the burger franchise, which is set to open any day now in Lynbrook, Long Island, the most famous BFF in Hollywood has been running his luxury lifestyle website since its August launch.

“It started out with just food and a little bit of lifestyle and now it’s gone into an entire world of destinations and celebrity stories and different restaurants,” he said of “Your readers get all the good gossip from you and from us they get everything behind the gossip. They get the places where everybody goes, amazing places to eat.”

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Although Cheban is “slammed right now” with projects and hopes 2015 will allow him to “not travel so much,” he still finds time to keep up with the rumors regarding his BFF and her famous family.

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Since Kardashian and West tied the knot in May, rumors have been rampant that the power couple is on the outs. But the foodie insists it couldn’t be further from the truth!

“That’s a joke. Completely fake, fake, fake,” he said.


With Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick’s tumultuous relationship playing out season after season on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the couple is always subject to breakup rumors.

“I was just with them for New Year’s and everybody is perfect,” Cheban said of the parents.

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And while it was the year of the booty for Kim (thanks to her Paper magazine spread, of course!) fans couldn’t stop talking about Kylie Jenner’s lips, as many wondered if the 17-year-old got injections for a more plump lip look.

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“She always looks the same to me. She’s just getting even prettier and like her Instagram pictures are amazing,” he said. “I don’t know what people do behind closed doors with lips and stuff, but I definitely know she’s definitely pounding on that lip liner.”

Although Cheban has been working non-stop, don’t expect to see less of the hysterical sidekick on KUWTK!

“I’ve actually been filming quite a lot,” he shared. “There’s some really good stuff!”

Are you going to check out Burger Bandit? Do you think the rumors are true? Tell us in the comments below or tweet @OKMagazine!


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