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When rapper 2 Chainz and his business partner, Mychel "Snoop" Dillard, first opened Escobar restaurant in Atlanta, they forgot to secure permission for the use of the name from the family of notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.

The family filed a lawsuit against the rapper over use of the name, and now
Escobar Inc. bosses are demanding no less than $10 million, claiming the hitmaker's two Escobar Restaurants in Atlanta violate federal law by using the Escobar name and likeness without permission.

The restaurants are decorated with large B&W posters of the smiling drug lord taken from his mugshot. The restaurant also sells t-shirts and other merchandise featuring the image.

According to TMZ, the family insists they own the licensing and trademark to Escobar's name and likeness.

They are also demanding an injunction blocking the use of the name and likeness at the restaurants.

2 Chainz has yet to comment.
 

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2 Chainz's business partner Mychel "Snoop" Dillard called out white business owners for vandalizing Crave, the only Black-owned restaurant on Euclid Avenue in Atlanta's Little 5 Points.

In a post on Instagram.com, Dillard posted photos of the vandalism and issued a warning to her neighbors on Atlanta's East Side:

"Being a business owner during these times is super challenging. Every time I lay down and get up it’s SOMETHING but I can’t complain cause Im super blessed ?? Now I will say I KNOW no one BLACK did this to me I’m too respected in these streets. I know one of my white neighbors that don’t like my business being in LITTLE 5 POINTS did this shit especially since my business was the ONLY ONE ON THE BLOCK VANDALIZED. Just don’t let me find out Who You Are and if you think some broken glass gone stop me YOU GOT ME FUCKED UP!!!! We still open today ain't nobody tripping off no little glass......"

Dillard and rapper 2 Chainz own several establishments in Atlanta.
 


 

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Police shut down one of rapper 2 Chainz's Atlanta, Georgia restaurants on Monday, May 25, because it was packed with customers celebrating Memorial Day.

Police officers shut down Escobar Restaurant & Tapas on Monday night after noting too many patrons partying in the establishment.

Customers ignored all social distancing rules put in place by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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According to a police report obtained by TMZ, the cops "noticed that the location was rather loud, busy, and occupied to be operating as a restaurant at that time of night", and after speaking to Mychel "Snoop" Dillard, the restaurant's manager (pictured), the place was shut down for "violating executive orders regarding protocol issued due to COVID-19".

Escobar officials promoted the fun on Instagram prior to the police visit, posting video footage of people dancing, smoking hookahs, and ordering bottle service with no face masks.

The news comes a month after 2 Chainz and his business partner Snoop decided against re-opening the dining area at their Atlanta businesses after their friend, Mayor Keisha, pleaded with them not to reopen.

2 Chainz and Snoop wanted to take advantage of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp's relaxed coronavirus restrictions to kick-start the economy after a weeks-long shutdown, against the advice of Mayor Keisha and many medical experts.

The rapper eventually re-opened the restaurant in early May because they were losing revenue.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was Tamron Hall's guest on Monday. The embattled mayor discussed her opposition to Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to reopen some Georgia businesses.

Bottoms insisted the move to reopen the state was too soon.

Keisha confirmed reports that she convinced rap mogul 2 Chainz not to reopen his Atlanta restaurants for dine-in service.

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2 Chainz and his business partner, Mychel "Snoop" Dillard, had planned to reopen 2 Atlanta restaurants, Escobar and Escobar Southside, for dine-in service on Monday, April 27.

Bottoms acknowledged the rap mogul's concern for his laid off employees who still have bills to pay.

"I know that 2 Chainz and his wife Kesha have a loving heart for our community that really is unparalleled," Mayor Bottoms said. "So I know for them when he talks about laying off 80% of his employees, there are faces and there are families that go along with that. But I was so glad that he reached out to me and told me that he would not be opening because he is listening to reason and logic and what he is saying is that I am not going to risk putting my employees in harm’s way because we are opening up too soon. There will be a day when we’ll get back to business as usual and we will be able to go to restaurants and embrace each other again. We just aren’t there yet."

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According to EURweb.com, Atlanta movie and TV mogul Tyler Perry also plans to reopen his Tyler Perry Studios with safety protocols in place, such as screening his employees for fevers and allowing the cast and crew to live on-site until the end of production.

But Perry said he would not move forward with his plans to reopen his studios without Mayor Keisha's approval.
 

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is facing heavy criticism over his decision to reopen the state for business on Friday, April 24.

While many in the business community applauded the governor for his courage, others in the Black community expressed contempt toward Kemp for putting Black lives at risk.

Prominent Black business owners in Atlanta say they won't reopen their establishments until they get the green light from the CDC.

Rap producer and DJ Jermaine Dupri called Kemp's decision "reckless and unilateral".

And the city's mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, is also encouraging people to use "common sense" and continue to stay at home.

But rapper/entrepreneur 2 Chainz is appreciative of Gov. Kemp’s efforts to jumpstart the local economy.

The rapper and his business partner Mychel "Snoop" Dillard (pictured above) are reopening their Atlanta restaurants for sit-down service.

Both restaurants, Escobar and Tapas, are serving dine-in meals starting Monday, according to Snoop, who tells TMZ they're making public safety a top priority.

The co-owners are mindful of the fears expressed by many in the community, but they have a plan to keep folks safe from COVID-19.

In a recent interview, Snoop, who manages both restaurants, said the lack of business forced her to lay off 80% of her staff.

"I have seen a significant decrease in revenue by 80 percent and my income has been reduced to zero dollars," she told The Atlanta Voice magazine.

With dine-in service resumed, Snoop says they're planning to bring back 65% of restaurant staff -- 80 people -- and the hope is to have everyone back at work eventually.

According to TMZ, 2 Chainz and Snoop donated hundreds of meals to medical workers on the frontlines, and they plan to give more free meals to workers at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.

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Rapper 2 Chainz nearly sent social media into a frenzy when he announced rapper Tekashi69 was released from jail and he bumped into him in New York City.

In a hilarious video, 2 Chainz, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, informed his followers that he ran into Tekashi69 on the street on Wednesday.

"I got breaking news, the boy done got out," 2 Chainz says in the clip, which is captioned: "In NYC just ran into 69".

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"I just ran into him too and y'all ain't gonna put y'all motherf**king hands on him either!" the 42-year-old rapper added, before gesturing toward a giant inflatable rodent - a symbol of anti-union strikebreakers - on the back of a pickup truck.

Tekashi, real name Daniel Hernandez, was arrested last November and later pleaded guilty to nine federal charges including racketeering, conspiracy, firearms offenses and drugs trafficking.

In accordance with a plea deal that could set him free as early as next year, Hernandez turned government witness and testified against his former Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang associates, ensuring he will be looking over his shoulders for the rest of his life.

His decision to name his fellow gang members sparked outrage among fellow rappers, including Snoop Dogg who labeled him a "snitch".

Tekashi is currently behind bars, as prosecutors fear for his safety. Jury deliberations in the trial began on Wednesday, WENN.com reports.
 

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