People: Apr. 28, 1986

"I was never really comfortable eating in restaurants," confesses Mariel Hemingway. But her worries about upstaging the cuisine appear to have piqued her appetite for entrepreneurship. Last January the actress and her husband, Restaurateur Stephen Crisman, opened Sam's Cafe on Manhattan's East Side. With Crisman's background, the move might seem natural. Yet at a time when absolutely everyone seems to have a favorite place to eat, a mixed bill of celebrities has decided that the coolest thing on the hot restaurant scene is to own your own.

"I feel comfortable at Sam's," says Hemingway. "It's like people are in my living...

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