Chicken Kitchen Owner Buys Escobar House, Says "True Passion Is Architecture and Design"

Categories: Unreal Estate

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Courtesy of Christian de Berdouare
The house formerly owned by Pablo Escobar.
A month ago Chicken Kitchen owner Christian de Berdouare stirred controversy by applying to demolish the North Bay Road home where he lives and where the Beatles were once famously photographed. Last Thursday he made bigger real estate news: For nearly $10 million, he bought the coral-pink waterfront mansion once owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

The 7,000-square-foot house was built in 1948 and owned by Escobar in the 1980s. It was seized by the U.S. government in 1987 and eventually acquired by Roger Schindler, an attorney, who owned it until last Thursday's sale. The house, unoccupied since a fire damaged it a couple of years ago, is just a few blocks from de Berdouare's other home.

But the millionaire chicken entrepreneur also owns another property on North Bay Road just a mile to the south -- making the Escobar house his third in the same neighborhood. So what's the deal?

See also: Miami Beach House Where Iconic Beatles Pic Was Taken Set to Be Demolished

Apparently, the white-haired fast-food prince really likes designing and building houses -- and North Bay Road is his favorite place to do it.

"I just love the street," de Berdouare tells Riptide. "We have the most beautiful views, and the sunsets are really spectacular."

De Berdouare, 57, was born in Sudan to Greek and French parents and raised in Ethiopia. As a young man, he lived in Europe and worked in commodities, eventually starting his own trading company in Paris. In 1984 he and his brother Alain invested in a small company called Chicken Kitchen in New York. There were three franchises, and de Berdouare later opened a few more, but the venture ultimately went bankrupt.

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Courtesy of Christian de Berdouare
Back of Escobar house.
In 1989 de Berdouare and his first wife took the company to Miami; when the couple divorced, de Berdouare retained naming rights and eventually relaunched in 1995, opening a restaurant at Aventura Mall. With a business model emphasizing a fresh, healthful menu and strong customer service, the new Chicken Kitchen took off, expanding to two dozen franchises in South Florida and three in Houston.

The success, de Berdouare says, allowed him to finally pursue what he calls his real passion: building and designing houses.

"I'm an architect and designer in the closet," he says. "And I finally came out."


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frankd4
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...........only in MIAMI can someone pay $10 million dollars and live next to a drug king pin - i would like to see these animals try to buy a co-op in NYC with all the required personal disclosures and revealing their financial records they wouldn't make it past the buildings doorman

Tim Pritchard
Tim Pritchard

It'd probably be a good idea to do some remodeling. Doing a little demo might make it a profitable adventure.

Patricia Anne
Patricia Anne

Well if everyone stops going this guy will have to go out of business and let this house go into foreclosure I hope that will happen real soon!

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

I ate at a couple of those back in 2002/2003, I never went back after a couple of a lunches.

Gabriel Veg
Gabriel Veg

Rest in peace poor birds that were imprisoned, denied their basic rights, made to suffer and murdered so that this gasbag can hoard homes.

Daisy Duranza
Daisy Duranza

Wow if i lived there the parties would be endless

Joshy Josh
Joshy Josh

Twas a grand farewell we gave it! Teresa also, did you happen to notice the comment above yours hahaha

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Deejay Icue
Deejay Icue

The pink has to go but if was my sixth house, it could stay pink.

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Vanessa Hayes
Vanessa Hayes

But yet some how can't give away a fuckin lil cup of crack sauce F them lol Kevin Lewis

Henry Moses
Henry Moses

the owner needs to put baked beans back on the menu!!!

Kevin Lewis
Kevin Lewis

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Kyle Awon
Kyle Awon

chicken kitchen makes money?! with that terrible food

Gilbert Tirado
Gilbert Tirado

Nice, I was gonna buy this. Now I guess Ill have to buy the Griselda Blanco Estate or Al Capone's

riotomas
riotomas

How many houses do you need to live in? This is to show how these corporate(entrepreneurs) show off. When can real engaged members of this community be able to live in descent places. Common the chicken aint that good, lets be a little more conscious. This guy is just a greedy suit. Plus the chicken is full of hormones. Thats it

Amber Green
Amber Green

Oh wow...this must be Christian's. Yup...just saw his name. Very cool.

Cole Sager
Cole Sager

It was a great run! Farewell Chateau Escobar! Many memories and great times there

SedonaSherpa
SedonaSherpa

The movie trailer:


"In a World - a cocaine pimp and a barnyard pimp....A fancy crib is bought...seized and sold... A narco king....a chicken wing and a story that must be told!



SedonaSherpa
SedonaSherpa

loved CK! ....with the little sauce over the grilled chicken & rice....A simple, peasant food brought to the masses...making massive coin....buying massive cribs.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

if i was him, i would be bragging about escobar former home, he sounds like a wussy

Evan Sheehan
Evan Sheehan

Buddy said don't get it twisted.He still got them birds

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