Blaze Seafood & Steak reopened on Friday, Sept. 9, after an employee shot Kandi Burruss‘ nephew, Chef Melvin Jones, during an altercation at the restaurant on Wednesday.
According to South Fulton police, the two employees were involved in a fight when one employee shot Chef Melvin, striking him in the arm.
The suspect fled the scene and is still at large.
Melvin was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released. He shared photos of his bullet wound on Instagram.
Melvin is the kitchen manager at Blaze and the Old Lady Gang restaurant that was the location for Kandi’s poorly-rated “Kandi & the Gang” reality TV show. It isn’t clear if the series will be renewed for a second season.
Kandi took to Instagram on Wednesday to inform her followers that the restaurant was closed Thursday “for staff training” and would reopen Friday. She didn’t mention the shooting.
“Blaze will be closed today for a system update and staff training. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. We will reopen Friday, September 9th at 1 PM.”
This is the second shooting at a restaurant owned by Kandi Burruss and her husband, Todd Tucker.
In 2020, three people were shot and wounded inside Kandi’s Old Lady Gang Southern Cuisine in East Point.