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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.

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Are you under 21, and looking for a job in Atlanta? Drill rapper Lil Baby has partnered with business owner Lemont Bradley to hire 100 young people under 21 to work in his Clutch restaurant, Auto Spa Bistro, and Eco Car Spa car wash.

Bradley is looking to hire young people for his various businesses throughout the Atlanta area.

"We are looking to give out 100 jobs to teenagers and young adults in the metro Atlanta area," Bradley said. "With the crime rate surrounding scams, robbery, and even murder being so high, we are looking to provide a positive outlet and revenue stream to those who are looking for an income."

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Lil Baby has a strong fanbase of directionless teenagers in Atlanta who support his drill music.

Caribbean-American Clutch restaurants are looking for bartenders, bar backs, waiters, line cooks, dishwashers, and promoters for night events, Bradley said.

Bradley's car spas need car washers, window tinters, and front desk positions.

Lil Baby and Bradley plan to collaborate again on opening a lawn care business in fall 2022.

"We are so excited about this initiative," Lil Baby said. "Of course, we are looking forward to helping boost the city's economy, but we are really focused on lowering the city's crime rate."

Lil Baby is doing good in the hood, but sources say the rapper's alleged 4PF (4 pockets full) gang may be on DA Fani Willis' short list of RICO gang indictments.

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King Harris, the son of rapper Tip "T.I." Harris, filmed himself threatening to fight a restaurant worker for getting his food order wrong.

The viral incident occurred earlier this week at a Waffle House restaurant in Atlanta. In the footage, the 17-year-old discovered a pickle missing from his food order and went inside the restaurant to retrieve the pickle.

"I'm 'bout to go in here and J down," he said on Instagram Live. "They got me f**ked up. N***a think I won't jump across that table. Aight. Watch this."

When a polite Waffle House worker asked King to stop cursing inside the establishment, he barked back: "I can talk how the f**k I want to wherever I'm at. I'm on live, shawty. Stop talking to me."

"This ain't your f**king restaurant. Everything you make I can pull out my pocket right now I ain't tripping off you," he said, while waving a wad of cash at the camera.

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Another worker told his colleague to stop talking to the pint-sized aspiring rapper. King demanded to know his name then told him, "My name King. You know it and your mama know it." The 5-ft-2 King then invited the worker to step outside and fight him.

"And you still talking inside though. Why you inside?" King said, before going back inside to retrieve his food.

After examining his food for bodily fluids, King threatened to return when the employee got off work to fight him in the parking lot.

"Wait 'til I get back and see 'em out here late night," he yelled, before driving off with friends.

The incident surely embarrassed his mother, Xscape singer Tameka "Tiny" Harris.

The video went viral on the same day that proud dad Tip Harris congratulated his son on graduating from high school this week with honors.

"Shocked the sh*t outta me Celebration is definitely in order Twin did it!! @the_next_king10 Graduates tomorrow... WITH HONORS Say what you want about him... but can't say he ain't handle his business. #ProudPops. We might even [smoke] one together. Congratulations King. We love you,& We proud of you. Don't stop...Keep growing."

 

 

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Atlanta Falcons star Grady Jarrett is the latest celebrity to be turned away from a trendy Buckhead restaurant for violating the dress code.

Jarrett took to Instagram to complain that he was turned away from Le Bilboquet restaurant inside the upscale Shops of Buckhead.

Jarrett posted a photo of his attire - a loud green Gucci track suit - that he said Le Bilboquet management disapproved of.

In his post, the defensive end said he was denied service at the 4-star restaurant.

"Was about to have dinner at @lebilboquetatlanta was getting seated until the manager walks out, I believe he said his name was Chad, tells me I'm not dressed properly and they won't sit me n my lady [sic]," he wrote.

Jarrett continued:

"unfortunate because we just came last week and had a great experience with great waiters but today I guess the manager had other plans. Not sure if I know how my dress is offensive, maybe it's the Gucci suit, the Bussdown AP Offshore (timepiece), the iced double tennis chain w an Ankh and the fact that I pulled up in my 500k RR and they felt I wasn't fit to bless their restaurant for dinner.. I guess the other people rocking Nike sweat suits and t shirts that were already seated (as you can see in the background of the picture) n enjoying dinner were no problem.. unfortunate but I'm not going for it.. This not even my style I'm a cool guy you should ask around.. Do better @lebilboquetatlanta"

His followers weren't sympathetic. One IG user wrote:

"Ridiculous attire. [Like] a clown in a Stephen King movie. Just bc you can afford it does not mean you must buy it."

DJ Greg Street wrote:

"That's how your G-Wagen felt when you left home in the RR. ____ them folks & they're restaurant."

And a third person wrote: "Go to a black owned restaurant and stop eating spending your money with them folks easy resolution."

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If you recall, Le Bilboquet made headlines last year when management turned away NBA legend Dominique Wilkins for wearing a fashionable tracksuit.
 
RELATED: Despite apology, Dominique Wilkins will never go back to Le Bilboquet
 

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Bravo's new reality TV series "Kandi and the Gang" is getting terrible reviews on social media. The new series premiered on March 6, and features Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss, her mom, Joyce, and her aunts Bertha and Nora.

The series centers around Kandi's Old Lady Gang restaurant on Peters Street in southwest Atlanta.

We learn in the first 5 minutes that Joyce, Bertha and Nora are "Old Lady Gang" in name only. The women - who are in their 80s - don't actually run the restaurant or work in the kitchen.

Oh, and they despise the staff.

Two of the restaurant's hostesses are strippers, and Kandi hired a band of misfits to prepare the food.

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It's apparent that Kandi is unprepared to run any restaurant. Every time she opens her mouth, her husband, Todd, corrects her.

There are so many problems with OLG - and they all begin with Kandi. She's not a very good judge of character. That's probably why she brought back "hostess" Shawndreca Robinson, who we're told was previously fired for insubordiation.

Shawndreca doesn't get along with the restaurant's manager, Phillip, who sent her home for talking back to him.

The first thing Kandi wanted to know was why he sent Shawndreca home just for being rude.

Watch the full episode here.

Here are a sample of reviews on Twitter:


 

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Kandi Burruss' mom and aunties are getting their own reality TV spin-off, titled "Kandi & The Gang."

According to theJasmineBrand, the BRAVO reality spin-off has been in the works since 2019. The show focuses on Kandi's mother, Mama Joyce, and her aunts Nora and Bertha, aka the Old Lady Gang.

The new series follows the staff in and out of the restaurant, and how they take their work home at night.

The Old Lady Gang operates restaurants in the Castleberry Hill and Camp Creek neighborhoods in southwest Atlanta.
 
RELATED: Kandi Burruss thanks Whoopi Goldberg for Visiting Old Lady Gang
 

Whoopi Goldberg stopped by the Old Lady Gang restaurant in October to shoot an episode with the ladies. She also sat down to sample their delicious soul food.

The series is produced by Truly Original with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Kandi and her husband Todd Tucker serving as executive producers.

Watch the trailer below.

Question: Will you watch the new series?

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Atlanta entrepreneur Pinky Cole graces the cover of Essence Magazine's January/February 2022 issue.

The gorgeous cover photo and article were just released, and includes the announcement that famed entrepreneur Derrick Hayes is the father of Pinky's baby girl

Pinky, the visionary and CEO behind the Atlanta-based Slutty Vegan restaurant empire, just announced her upcoming cookbook "Eat Plants, B*tch" via Simon & Schuster imprint 13A of GALLERY Books Group.

The cookbook features 91 vegan recipes from Cole herself, including Jamaican dishes from her childhood, tapas and small plates created to celebrate and invoke joy, and Cole's signature southern comfort food.

Pinky is changing the world with her vegan comfort food, philanthropy & activism as profiled on CNN, Bon Appetite, Forbes, National NBC News, Tamron Hall, Essence & more.

Dedicated to reinventing vegan food culture, Slutty Vegan crave-worthy, indulgent menus, and joyful customer interactions draw locals and visitors to eagerly wait in now-infamous lines down the block for vegan burgers and more. Sluttified fans include celebrities Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Jermaine Dupri, Taraji P. Henson, Tyler Perry, Tiffany Haddish, Queen Latifah, and many more.

Her new cookbook, "Eat Plants, B*tch", is available for pre-order now and will be available for purchase at bookstores across the country Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

From Avocado Egg Rolls to Cole's Black Pea Cauliflower Po'Boy or Oyster Mushroom Parm and everything in between, the book is chock full of delicious recipes aimed to please dedicated vegans, flexitarians, and carnivores alike. In addition to Cole's insights, she has recruited fellow vegan chefs, influencers, and entrepreneurs to share their favorite recipes, advice on running a business, and takes on veganism.

Pinky (who is also a new mom) has taken over Shake Shacks with an exclusive "SluttyShack" burger, launched PETA's Push for Food Justice, provided life insurance policies to 25,000 Black men, paid rent for local businesses, and paid the tuition of 30 Clark Atlanta students.

Pinky also purchased a car and life insurance for the family of Rayshard Brooks, who was slain by police outside an Atlanta fast-food restaurant. She is the founder of the Pinky Cole Foundation, which provides a roadmap for black economic progress achieved by creatively leveraging economic opportunities, successful risk-taking, and innovation.

Serial Entrepreneur, Brand Strategist, and Veteran Television Producer, Pinky pours all her love, experience, and talent into a recipe for success. When restaurants were closing, Slutty Vegan opened two locations with socially distanced lines down the block. Just two years old, its revenues grew to $4 million within the first six months of its grand opening.

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Local rap legends Tip "T.I." Harris and Killer Mike have plans to reopen the once popular Bankhead Seafood restaurant.

The duo purchased the seafood eatery in January 2020, but their plans to reopen the restaurant was derailed by the pandemic.

Now those plans are back on, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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They plan to rebuild and reopen Bankhead Seafood on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway on Atlanta's Westside.

Rebuilding Bankhead Seafood is estimated to cost $1.8 million, and an additional $185,000 to update the parking lot.

The venture will be expensive, but Killer Mike recently secured financing to launch his own Black-owned bank online.

Both men have had some success with retail in Atlanta. T.I. owns a clothing line, and he once employed a dozen people in his restaurant on Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard.

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In addition to Killer Mike's other business ventures, he owns a barbershop that was hit by stray bullets in February. He also runs SWAG Shop suites in State Farm Arena that includes a barbershop.

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Kandi Burruss thanked Whoopi Goldberg for stopping by her Old Lady Gang restaurant in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Kandi shared Instagram photos of her mom, Momma Joyce, and Aunt Nora posing with the 65-year-old actress, comedienne and TV co-host.

She captioned the image:

"Thank you @whoopigoldberg for coming by to @oldladygang! Being able to sit, eat, laugh, & talk with you, friends, & family made my whole day today!"

Whoopi walks with a cane due to sciatica and other medical conditions associated with age.

In March 2019, Goldberg revealed that she was diagnosed with pneumonia and sepsis, which caused her to take an extended leave of absence from ABC's The View.

The "Sister Act" star reportedly dined on fried green tomatoes, deep fried whipped deviled eggs and seared crabcakes.

Old Lady Gang restaurants has 2 locations in the Castleberry Hill and Camp Creek neighborhoods in southwest Atlanta.

Old Lady Gang is co-owned and operated by (L-R) Aunt Nora, Mama Sharon and Momma Joyce.
 

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A customer put restaurateur Kandi Burruss on blast after he was charged for ice at one of her establishments.

Ryan Williams, a criminal defense lawyer who dined at The Real Housewives of Atlanta star's Blaze Steakhouse, accused the restaurant of charging him $4 for 2 ice cubes.

Williams took to social media claiming he was overcharged for cheese, a margarita and 2 ice cubes which were listed on the receipt as "rocks."
 
READ ALSO: Another Kandi Burruss restaurant shuts down after failing health inspection
 
Williams said he was very upset that he had to pay an extra $4 for 2 ice cubes in his drink.

He budgets $300 a month for business dinners and that he counts every penny because he doesn't like to overspend.

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Williams reached out to the restaurant on social media to give them a chance to fix the overcharge.

Blaze Steakhouse contacted Williams and apologized profusely for the misunderstanding. They refunded his $4 and he shared an update on Instagram.

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Kandi also took to social media to explain the ice overcharge.

In a video posted on her Instagram stories, Kandi said larger drinks require more ice. And, despite the "rocks" charge on the receipt, she charges customers for the extra liquor.

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Another one of Kandi Burruss' restaurants has failed a health inspection. Luckily for Kandi, fans still dine at her establishments after her poor history of failed health inspections.

Last month The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her husband Todd Tucker's Blaze Steak House on Cascade Road received a second failing score and was forced to shut down.

RhymeswithSnitch reports that Kandi and Todd's Old Lady Gang soul food restaurant has received a second failing score.

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The Old Lady Gang Southern Cuisine restaurant, located at 177 Peters Street in Alanta's warehouse district, received a 78 (Grade C) score from the Fulton County Health Inspector on August 24, 2017. The restaurant scored a subsequent 100 on reinspection in 2017.

According to the Georgia Dept. of Health website, Old Lady Gang Southern Eatery scored a dismal 75 after a third inspection on July 14 found several violations at the establishment.

The health official noted that the manager was not taking steps to "prevent foodborne illness by having repeated risk factors and good retail practice violations."

Atlanta restaurants that fail health inspections are given one chance to clean up their act before they are forced to close down permanently.

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Kandi Burruss' restaurant, Blaze -- named after her firstborn son -- was forced to shut down after failing a second health inspection.

Blaze closed its doors for good on May 20 after failing a second health inspection on May 19, according to Radar Online. The restaurant, which opened to the public in November, received a failing score of 55.

The issues cited in the May 19 report included a cook handling raw seafood without first washing hands, a Chick-fil-A cup in the food supplies area, and pink mold in both ice makers.

The restaurant was also forced to shut down in 2020 after it was cited for health and food safety violations.

Kandi, 45, is no stranger to the health inspector's office. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star's Old Lady Gang eatery just barely passed a second surprise health inspection in 2017 after failing in 2015.

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The Old Lady Gang Southern Cuisine restaurant, located at 177 Peters Street in Alanta's warehouse district, received a 78 (Grade C) score from the Fulton County Health Inspector on August 24, 2017.

The restaurant's menu is based on soul food recipes from Kandi's mom, Mama Joyce (pictured right), and her two aunts, Nora and Bertha Jones.

The inspector found a laundry list of violations including inadequate hand washing facilities, unsanitary food contact surfaces and improper cooking time and temperatures.

Atlanta restaurants that fail health inspections are given one chance to clean up their act before they are forced to close down permanently.

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NBA legend Dominique Wilkins called out one of Atlanta's best restaurants for turning him away at the door. Wilkins was apparently out of compliance with the dress code.

Wilkins posted a photo of French restaurant Le Bilboquet and claimed the restaurant was racist racist for denying him entry.

Wilkins tweeted:

"In my many years in the world, I've eaten at some of the greatest restaurants in the world, but never have I felt prejudice or been turned away because of the color of my skin, until today in #atlanta."

Rapper Killer Mike lashed out at the restaurant's management for not allowing Wilkins to break the rules.

"@lebilboquetatlanta ya'll better make this lame s**t right. How ya'll mistreat 'NIQUE' @dominiquewilkins21! Ya'll lame AF for that shawty!"

In reality, Wilkins objected to the fact that Le Bilboquet refused to make an exception for him.

Le Bilboquet is a classy, fine dining restaurant that caters to a well-heeled clientele. The restaurant's rules apply to everyone.

Your auntie eats there regularly. As you know, I am Black and I have never been turned away at the door. I've seen numerous Black celebrities dining at Le Bilboquet and enjoying drinks at the bar/lounge after hours.

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Fellow blogger Tami Reed, of Talking With Tami, reviewed the restaurant after we dined there in 2018.

My friend and fellow blogger Sandra Rose invited me out to lunch on Friday afternoon! I must say, she finds the nicest places to dine here in Atlanta. This time we met up at Le Bilboquet located at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. It’s the hottest place to dine in Buckhead and I was so glad that she suggested it.

Please take the time to read more of Tami's excellent review of Le Bilboquet.

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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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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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10 SQUARED SOCIAL: Sauce Buckhead Grand Opening:

Friday October 2 - Sunday, October 4, 2020
6:00pm - Until

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25 Irby Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

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