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Restaurants are shuttered in California and other blue states amid the Covid-19 outbreak, but business is booming in Atlanta.

Business is so good in Atlanta that music mogul Ne-Yo and his wife Crystal Renay Smith are opening a restaurant in College Park. The couple is partnering with reality TV personality Karlie Redd in the business venture.

The restaurant, named Johnny's Chicken & Waffles, is set to open in January 2021, according to the eatery's website.

"The 85-seat indoor dining space will provide full-menu service and will feature booths, tables, high tops and bar seating. A take-out counter will serve pies baked fresh daily and a selection of café goods."

Ne-Yo and his business partners are currently hiring managers, waiters and busboys.

The interior decor will feature platinum record plaques from Outkast, Ne-Yo, Ludacris and Usher, as well as a mural of the legendary Apollo Theater Harlem, NY.

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Karlie said in a statement:

"Ne-Yo and I aim to make everyone feel at home at Johnny’s Chicken & Waffles, and you never know who you'll see dining alongside you! Anyone who appreciates music will love the ambiance we created in our dining room, with awards and plaques from Ne-Yo, myself and some of our closest friends. Who doesn't love some amazing chicken and waffles, while listening to some amazing music! We hope to see you if you're in College Park."

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Sauce Buckhead

You are invited to attend a 10 Squared Social: the Grand Opening of Sauce Buckhead Italian restaurant in Atlanta's affluent Buckhead community.

Sauce Buckhead is opening its doors for a few hours on certain days to allow Buckhead residents to experience Sauce.

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10 Squared PR firm will host the 10 Squared Social at Sauce Buckhead Grand Opening On Oct. 2 - Oct. 4 from 6:00pm - Until.

Atlanta, GA, Sept. 29, 2020 -- There's a brand-new Italian restaurant and lounge coming to Atlanta, Sauce Buckhead, a premium Italian eatery nestled in the luxurious Buckhead neighborhood. Sauce Buckhead invites you to the official opening weekend, October 2 - 4, 2020. Join Sauce Buckhead family to get a first-look experience on their new menu and plush setting. From their traditional Tuscan thin crust pizzas to their cutting-edge Italian fusion selections including an Italian spicy jerk chicken taco, this restaurant is sure to keep customers craving a slice. Sauce Buckhead's pizza menu is the highlight, using an array of top-quality ingredients including - organic flour, imported Italian buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes with delicious authentic Italian toppings, American wine list, along with a top shelf liquor selection.

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Atlanta, GA 30305

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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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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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Three people were shot and wounded at an Atlanta restaurant owned by Kandi Burruss, star of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

According to WSB-TV, a man and two bystanders were shot and wounded at the Old Lady Gang restaurant in East Point, Ga. on Friday night.

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A man entered the restaurant and targeted another man, East Point police told news outlets. Two bystanders were wounded in the shooting. All three victims were taken to area hospitals, with non-life-threatening injuries.

The shooter is not in custody, and the names of the victims were not released.

The restaurant, managed by Burruss's mother, Joyce Jones, is located at 3650 Marketplace Blvd off Camp Creek Parkway in East Point, Ga.

Le Biboquet

Lifestyle blogger Tami Reed, of TalkingwithTami.com, wrote a review of our fine dining experience at Le Bilboquet Parisian Bistro at The Shops Buckhead in Atlanta.

Earlier this month, I invited Tami to lunch to sample the French cuisine at the celebrity hotspot. You never know who you will see at Le Bilboquet. We spotted R&B singer/songwriter Musiq Soulchild and his girlfriend on our way out the door.

Read Tami's review after the break!

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