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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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Former Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta cast member Maurice "Mo" Fayne, pictured with ex-girlfriend Karlie Redd, has been indicted by the feds for running a Ponzi scheme that netted over $5 million for his trucking business.

Fayne was indicted on Wednesday by a federal grand jury, Page Six reports. Fayne, of Dacula, Georgia, was arrested on May 11 and charged with defrauding a bank to get over $3 million from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Fayne reportedly told the bank he needed the cash to pay 120 employees of his trucking company. But the feds say the trucking company did not turn a profit.

He allegedly spent over $2 million in coronavirus relief funds on jewelry, a Rolex wristwatch, cars, and child support payments.

Federal agents served a search warrant on Fayne's Dacula home, where they recovered $80,000 in cash, including $9,400 that Fayne had in his pockets, and a 2019 Rolls Royce Wraith with the dealer tag still on it.

In addition to bank fraud, he was charged with running a six-year Ponzi scheme to cover large gambling debts, prosecutors said.

The aspiring rapper allegedly convinced 20 individuals to invest $5 million in his trucking business.

He then transferred the $5 million to a casino to cover his gambling debts and entertainment expenses, including hotel suites.

"Fayne used the investors' money to pay his personal debts and expenses, and to fund an extravagant lifestyle for himself," prosecutors said in a statement.

Fayne is out on bond, according to court records.

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