Kompany launched the Good Kompany bars - in Brussels and Antwerp - last March, having had a 'dream of a sports bar for a long time,' according to his licensed trade consultant Jan Oppens.
Alongside the customary bank of screens showing sport hung some of Kompany’s match-worn shirts and some of the swaps he’d gathered from opponents including Carlos Tevez, Raphael Varane, Roberto Carlos and Craig Bellamy.
Waitresses served food dressed in the style of American football referees. But less than a year on, both bars have shut, as reported Flanders News last month.
The news website quotes Kompany as saying: "I regret this decision. We had enough customers, turnover was good, but not enough to cover the costs. So that's where it ends. Lesson 1 in business: investments are always a risk. You win some, you lose some."
Manchester City fans may worry the defensive powerhouse has brought this phlegmatic attitude to setbacks on the pitch.
Just this week, City sources moved to confirm Kompany had been dropped from the side purely on his declined form, not because of supposed bust-ups with teammate Fernandinho and manager Manuel Pellegrini.
And the Belgian's Premier League and Champions League dreams don't look far off being shut down too.