Gaga’s Father Honors Late Sister With New Restaurant

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October 26, 2011 | 6:00pm EST

Lady Gaga’s father Joe is opening a restaurant named in honor of his late sister Joanne.
The Poker Face hitmaker and her parents became shareholders in Manhattan’s Vince & Eddie’s last year, but the Italian-American eatery has since closed down.

Gaga’s dad has now taken over the property and is set to reopen the venue under the new name of Joanne – a nod to his sister, who died of auto-immune disorder Lupus at the age of 19.

Joe Germanotta is planning to launch the diner during America’s Thanksgiving holiday next month with the help of Art Smith, who has been named as head chef, according to New York Magazine.

Gaga’s aunt died years before she was even born, but the pop superstar has previously revealed she prays to Joanne before her concerts and wears a special necklace in her memory.

She said, “My dad’s sister Joanne died when she was 19. I wear a birth certificate of hers around my neck… I just feel very close to her.

“I actually pray to her (before every concert)… She died so young and she didn’t get to live out the rest of her life, so I’m living it out for her.”