Sean “Diddy” Combs' Atlanta Restaurant Closed
Just because you are a successful hip-hop star doesn’t mean you will have a successful run at the hotel business too. Celebrity Sean “Diddy” Combs proved this yet again when he recently announced the permanent closure of his popular Atlanta restaurant, Justin’s, named after his first born son.
Although, rumors were abuzz for a long time about the restaurant being shut down but until a formal announcement came forth from the hip-hop singer himself, nobody really believed it. According to a press release, Combs’ company, “Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group,” the restaurant was closing its doors to allow the singer to pursue “other business ventures in music, television, fashion, fragrance, and spirits.”
Justin’s was named after Sean’s son, Justin. It was a Soul Food restaurant, which had been in business for 14 years and it was well-known for its celebrity clientele. Besides, customers flocked to the restaurant attracted by its “Martini Mondays.” It was opened at an upscale Atlanta location just after Combs opened its New York City flagship restaurant in 1997. Incidentally, the flagship location at NYC was closed down in September 2007. In his statement, Sean has assured that his company would continue to “actively explore business opportunities in Atlanta.”
Before the formal announcement of a shut down came, there were speculations that the restaurant would be closed down temporarily to allow a few renovations. However, that was not to be. Despite having everything to go for itself, the restaurant had begun to fall behind on business, which forced Sean to wrap up the venture.
However, Sean is not the only one to go this way as far as the business is concerned. Other Atlanta-based celebrities, who have had to close down their restaurants in the recent years include Usher, Ludacris, and Jermaine Dupri. While Usher closed down his wine bistro, “The Grape” in 2009, Dupri’s “Café Dupri” was shut down in 2008. Ludacris’ “Straits in Midtown” also shut its doors very recently.
So, is it that these celebrities don’t know how to run their business or is it that the restaurant business for celebrities is a jinxed deal? Well, whatever the cause, such happenings do not deter other celebrities from entering this business. Some time ago, boxing star Mike Tyson had also announced that he would be venturing into restaurant business while before that singer Sting turned into a winemaker.
Whether these celebrities will be able to keep up with the grueling world of business or not, here is wishing them all the luck!