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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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An Arkansas waitress was fired for refusing to share her $2,200 tip with other servers and the shift manager.

The incident ocurred on Dec. 6 when Ryan Brandt and another server waited on a party of more than 40 at Oven and Tap restaurant in Bentonville.

The large party of diners chipped in $100 each as tips for the two servers.

"We knew servers really hit hard through COVID, and it was something that we had come up with to help give back," Grant Wise told CBS 5.

But the restaurant's manager instructed Brandt and the other server to pool the $4,400 for all of the servers and the shift manager.

Brandt said servers never shared their tips in the three years she worked at Oven and Tap.

"I was told that I was going to be giving my cash over to my shift manager, and I would be taking home 20 percent," Brandt told CBS 5.

When Wise found out Brandt wouldn't receive all of her tip, he called the restaurant and demanded the manager return the $4,400 tip money to Brandt and the other server.

Brandt was terminated the next day.

"They fired me from Oven and Tap over the phone and I've been there for 3 1/2 years and that was really heartbreaking," Brandt told CBS 5. "Especially because I didn't think I did anything wrong."

In a statement to CBS 5, Oven and Tap said Brandt was fired for reasons unrelated to the tipping incident and that it "fully honored" the customer's request to turn over the $4,400 in tips to the two servers.

The statement said the other server -- who received $2,200 -- was still employed at the restaurant.

Grant Wise, left, launched a GoFundMe page for Brandt, which raised nearly $10,000 as of Monday morning.

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Inflation is rising, and workers are seeing the effects in their dwindling paychecks.

A waitress said she earned just one penny in her paycheck after working 6 weeks at a Nashville restaurant.

The TikTok user, named Linny, shared an image of her paycheck stub that shows she earned a measly $0.01 for 6 weeks of work.

According to the NY Post, minimum wage for restaurant servers in the U.S. is $2.13 an hour. Waitresses like Linny survive on tips from their customers.

However, in Tennessee, federal, Social Security and Medicare taxes are deducted from earned income. That left Linny with just one penny in take home pay.

In her TikTok post, Linny urged her followers to "Tip your servers!!!"

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Linny's TikTok fans were not exactly sympathetic. A few men told her to create an OnlyFans account. With her striking good looks, she can earn thousands of dollars a week in revenue.

Other TikTok users -- mostly jealous females -- were more blunt.

"It's not my job to pay your bills. I got my own to pay," said one TikTok user.

Another wrote: "Blame the businesses you're working for, not the consumers. In other countries, they don't need to tip because they pay a living wage."

And a third person wrote: "I've easily made $4400 a month being a server. Don't let those empty checks fool you if you're serving and making so much more than you get as an hourly rate."
 
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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 group of women from Texas assaulted a NYC restaurant hostess after she asked them to provide proof of Covid-19 before eating there.

The incident occurred at Carmine's on the Upper West Side when the hostess asked to see their vaccine cards. The brawl was captured on cellphone video and uploaded to Twitter.com.

Proof of vaccination is required to dine at any New York City restaurant, per mayor Bill de Blasio.

The women took offense when the hostess asked them for proof of vaccines to eat inside.

The unidentified hostess was repeatedly punched by the three women, ages 21, 44 and 49. Bystanders broke up the brawl just as police arrived.

The three women were taken into custody and transported to NYPD's 24th precinct station, according to NBC News.

It is not clear if they were charged. The women are reportedly tourists visiting from Texas.

New York City is the first major U.S. city to ask residents to show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants and gyms. Any business that fails to comply could face a fine up $1,000 per violation.

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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."
 
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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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Social media expressed disappointment with a New Hampshire restaurant owner after a customer left a $16,000 tip for a bartender and told him not to "spend it all in one place."

The customer who dined at the the Stumble Inn Bar and Grill a few weekends ago, left a $16,000 tip on a $37 bar tab.

But the bartender was forced to share the generous tip with his co-workers.

Owner Michael Zarella said the tip was split between eight bartenders who worked all shifts on June 12.

Social media users say the owner didn't have the right to split the tip among the other bartenders.

By law, a restaurant owner can't take or misappropriate an employee's tip and split it among other employees.

Zarella said he has spoken with the customer, and he confirmed "it was his intention" to leave the money for his employees.

The customer reportedly confirmed the large tip was not a mistake or typo.

"He wanted them to have it," Zarella said.

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A waitress was abducted and assaulted after she chased 5 diners who skipped out on a $70 dinner bill over the weekend.

The three Black males and two Caucasian females are seen on surveillance video leaving the Nifty Fifty's restaurant in Turnersville, New Jersey on Saturday night.

The 5 masked suspects got into a white Dodge Durango and drove off when the 20-year-old waitress chased after the vehicle, WPVI reports.

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One male suspect jumped out of the car and fled while the others pulled the waitress into the SUV and drove off.

The waitress was assaulted inside the vehicle before she was dumped by the side of a highway. She ran back to the restaurant and immediately called police.

She suffered bruises to her head, face and neck and was transported to a hospital where she was treated for head and neck injuries and a possible concussion.

Police released video footage of the abduction and asked for the public's help to identify the suspects who remained at large as of Monday morning.

"The vehicle headed north on Route 42, made a U-turn and was heading south towards Monroe Township, and [they] pushed her out of the vehicle," Washington Township Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik said.

Gurcsik urged restaurant employees not to chase diners who skip out on their bill. They should try to take down the license plate of their vehicle and report it to police.
 

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Wendy Williams' ex-husband, Kevin Hunter, is giving Kenya Moore's ex, Marc Daly, some competition.

Daly, who recently filed for divorce from Moore, owns and operates a restaurant in Brooklyn.

Now comes word, that Hunter is opening an Italian restaurant in downtown Brooklyn named Loreto.

"Time to work on MY LEGACY!!" he wrote in the caption of a video of the restaurant's exterior on Twitter.com. "For a kid from Brownsville Brooklyn this is a dream come true. To be apart [sic] of an amazing team to create something so extraordinary."

"I look forward to nothing but success," Hunter added. "Continue to thank God for the blessings."

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Sources say the seed money for the new restaurant came from his ex-wife and silent partner, Wendy, 56. The two were spotted having lunch together after he attended Wendy's mother's funeral.

Hunter, 48, described Loreto as "exquisite high end Italian cuisine" and said he will host a soft opening on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.

Hunter's announcement comes days after Williams' documentary, "Wendy Williams: What a Mess!," premiered to high ratings on Lifetime Television.
 

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Last week, Brooklyn restaurateur Marc Daly announced he was finally filing for divorce from his long distance wife Kenya Moore.

The couple share a toddler, daughter Brooklyn Daly, who lives with her mom in Atlanta, while Marc lives and works in New York City.

The marriage was doomed to failure from the start. But the couple made it work for appearances on Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Now that Marc is officially single he is planning to film his own reality TV show, according to RhymeswithSnitch.

Marc has reportedly lined up a celebrity co-star for his new reality show (no, the star isn't Kenya). The concept of the series will revolve around restaurant management and finding romance.

The source claims Marc will use the show to find a new love connection.

Questions: 1. Will you watch Marc's new show? 2. Do you want to be Marc's Love connection?