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Atlanta entrepreneurs Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker appear to have closed their new restaurant before it even opened.

A loyal reader emailed a photo that shows the RHOA cast members took down that gigantic "Blaze" sign over their shuttered steak & seafood restaurant in Southwest Atlanta.

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If you recall, Kandi and Todd announced the opening of their newest establishment in the Camp Creek Marketplace last month. They also placed a "NOW HIRING" sign in the window.

But, according to my spy, the big Blaze sign came down days ago and there is no indication that the restaurant will be opening its doors anytime soon.

The new restaurant was inspired by their infant daughter, Blaze Tucker, who was delivered via surrogate on Nov. 22, 2019.

The couple already own and operate three "Old Lady Gang" soul food restaurants around the metro Atlanta area.

My spy noted that Blaze steakhouse may have been in conflict with Blaze Pizzeria restaurant chain in Atlanta.

But a quick search of Atlanta businesses turns up other "Blaze" establishments, such as Blaze strip club, the Atlanta Blaze men's lacrosse team, Blaze radio, and Blaze Sports America, among others.

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Another explanation is that the funding for Kandi and Todd's new restaurant fell through. They managed to secure funding for Blaze restaurant through the government's PPP coronavirus stimulus relief package.

According to Screenrant.com, the couple received between $150,000 and $350,000 in PPP funds set aside for struggling small businesses amid the pandemic.

The loans were approved on April 29 and the funds were disbursed through TruFund Financial Services, despite the fact that Kandi allegedly has a net worth of around $30 million.

According to Screenrant.com, Kandi and Todd shouldn't have been entitled to the PPP loans in the first place since they pass themselves off as a wealthy couple.

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California Governor Gavin Newsome ordered statewide closings of indoor dining, and limits on church services and hair salons amid spikes in COVID-19 cases.

The re-closings impacts small mom and pop stores, hair salons, malls, bars, churches, zoos and museums across the state.

Newsome announced the closures and new guidelines on Monday, saying his new restrictions on businesses and restaurants are in response to a sharp rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state.

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D. L. Hughley took his family out to dinner at Nobu in Malibu on Sunday night. The actor-comedian announced he tested positive for COVID-19 after collapsing on stage in Nashville last month.

Hughley wore a red, non-medical face covering as he and his family entered the celebrity hotspot for indoor dining.

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DJ Mustard and his wife Chanel Dijon enjoy a nice Sunday afternoon dinner date at Nobu in Malibu.

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Lady Gaga is seen leaving a restaurant with takeout food in Malibu. The pop star wore a face covering in compliance with the state's guidelines.

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Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin grabbed some pizza to go at an Italian restaurant in Malibu. The couple was not allowed to dine indoors in compliance with Gov. Newsome's restrictive orders.

California residents are fed up with Newsome's overreaching powers. There is now an official petition to recall the governor at Recallgavin2020.com/.

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A racist employee at a restaurant was shamed by Tameka "Tiny" Harris for discriminating against a Black boy for wearing a t-shirt and shorts.

In a video re-posted by Tameka, a white restaurant employee tells a Black woman she can't eat in the establishment because her minor son is not in compliance with the dress code.

The woman points out a white boy - about the same age as her son - who is also wearing a t-shirt and shorts with white sneakers.

The employee says tennis shoes are allowed but not an athletic shirt or shorts.

"Are you telling me the little boy who just ate here does not have on an athletic shirt?" the woman asks the employee.

The employee responds, "I'm sorry, I would love for you to come back and eat here."

Tameka captioned the video: "A bunch of B.S period!! Really [middle finger icon] this restaurant!!"
 

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George Floyd's fiancée says he had dreams of becoming an entrepreneur before his life was ended by a former Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes on May 25.

Courteney Ross, 44, attended Floyd's emotional memorial service in Minneapolis on Thursday. She sobbed over his casket as friends comforted her.

Ross, who manages a coffee shop in the city's north east side, says she last spoke to Floyd the day before he died.

She said Floyd turned his life around and he had plans to open a restaurant called the Convict Kitchen.

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"He served some time in a Texas prison and after he was released he was able to get help with an organization called Turning Point," she said. "One job led to another and another. He really loved it here. He did get some peace in his life here."

She said Floyd wanted to hire ex-convicts to work at his restaurant to give them a second chance at life like he was given.

It is difficult for ex-convicts to find gainful employment because of their criminal records.

"Floyd even had some of the foods picked out that he wanted to serve his customers," she said. "He had ideas on some of the foods he wanted to serve. He wanted to serve food at his restaurant that ex-cons would cook in their cell, using the foods inmates would buy at the commissary and making a gourmet dish out of it."

She added: "Floyd use to tell me that you can practically make anything out of Ramen Noodles, you can grind them up and use them to make pizza dough [for] a cake if you add Oreo Cookies."

The Minneapolis memorial was the first of three services for Floyd. Rappers Master P, Tip "T.I." Harris, and Ludacris attended the memorial service on Thursday. The services will culminate with Floyd's funeral in his hometown of Houston, Texas on Tuesday, June 9.

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A Bronx woman went viral on Tuesday after she shamed the looters who ransacked her restaurant during 8 days of violent protests in New York City.

The woman pleaded with rioters to help build up the black  community, not tear it down.

The woman is co-owner of Valentine Deli Corp, a sandwich shop located at 2463 Valentine Avenue in the Bronx, NY.

"You said Black lives matter. You lied! Look what you did to my store," she said.

The woman made a passionate plea to the looters to "Get a job" and "Stop stealing. Fix the neighborhood."

The woman didn't ask for money. She apparently has insurance. Men who appear to be construction workers are at the scene cleaning up.

Still, several GoFundMe accounts were created to help rebuild the store.

The largest fund raised nearly $50,000 in donations.

The protests started as a peaceful response to the killing of an unarmed Minnesota man who died in police custody.

But the peaceful protests devolved into violence and widespread looting in Democratic cities once Black Lives Matter and Antifa hijacked the demonstrations.

Black Lives Matter is an organization that campaigns against violence. Antifa, an anarchist group funded by globalist George Soros, stands for "anti-facists."
 

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R&B singer-turned-reality TV personality Kandi Burruss is "truly saddened" after a shooting wounded three people and sent diners fleeing for their lives at her Atlanta restaurant over the weekend. Kandi, 43, is best known as one of the original members of the girl group Xscape.

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A man entered the Old Lady Gang (OLG) soul food restaurant off Camp Creek Parkway in east Point on Friday and shot another man, according to East Point police. Two bystanders were wounded by gunfire. According to police, all three victims are expected to survive their injuries.

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The restaurant is managed by Kandi's mother, Joyce (pictured right), and owned by The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her husband Todd Tucker (center).

In an Instagram post titled "God's Got You," Kandi wrote:

"My family and I are truly saddened by the unfortunate events that occurred at Old Lady Gang (OLG) Camp Creek, on the evening of February 14th, an evening that was meant to celebrate love, unfortunately turned into something quite different.

"Our prayers and thoughts go out to the individuals that were harmed or in any way negatively impacted. We are aware that this matter is being actively investigated by law enforcement and we are cooperating with law enforcement to bring to justice those involved."

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Kandi explained why she opened her restaurants in high crime areas of Atlanta:

"As African-American business owners, it has been our goal to invest in our community by bringing jobs, quality dining, and a positive experience to the greater Atlanta area; we hope that you know and understand that the acts of violence that occurred yesterday evening do not, in any way, serve as a reflection of OLG or its values.

"We appreciate all of the love and prayers that have come our way and we encourage anyone with any information regarding any aspects of the events that occurred to please reach out to law enforcement as soon as possible."

Kandi and husband Todd opened the original restaurant at the Castleberry Hill location in 2016, and the chain now has three locations around Georgia.

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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.

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Ayesha Curry, wife of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, lost the lease on her trendy restaurant in Houston after one-and-a-half years in operation.

The 30-year-old Food Network host opened the "grill obsessed" International Smoke restaurant in Houston's upscale CityCentre in 2018.

The restaurant closed last week after the lease on the 6,000-square-foot space was abruptly canceled over failure to pay back rent.

Regulars were surprised to see the restaurant shuttered last week, but Ayesha's name caused many Houstonians to shun the place.

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"This is absolutely the worst place to go," wrote one reviewer. "Her husband ripped our hearts out and now she has the guts to open up a place here? I would never set foot in this place even if it was the last place on earth."

According to a press release, International Smoke is a collaboration between Curry and chef Michael Mina, who operates restaurants in South Florida and the West Coast.

"Curry and Mina believe food is the heart of community, and International Smoke spices up any city it calls home," according to the company website.

Curry and Mina also co-own 5 restaurants in locations including San Francisco, Aventura (Miami), and San Diego.

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On Sunday afternoon, a friend and I sat down for lunch at The Tavern at Phipps restaurant in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. We were having drinks and good conversation when, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted an adult German cockroach crawling across the wall toward me.

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