Sean “Diddy” Combs can now be added to the list of celebs whose eateries have closed their doors for good. The Atlanta hot spot, whose swanky doors opened back in 1999, did manage to stay afloat for nearly 13 years. Amid initial rumors that extensive renovations were taking place, a Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group (BBWEG ) representative announced Justin’s will definitely not reopen, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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According to the statement released by BBWEG, the company made the decision to close Justin’s in order to pursue “other business ventures in music, television, fashion, fragrance, and spirits.” The company, however, says it is “actively exploring business opportunities in Atlanta” and promises “to have a strong presence in the region.”
The restaurant that was known for a celeb presence fell from its top spot in recent years and could not get its mojo back. The eatery has joined the ranks of Comb’s New York City Justin’s restaurant, which closed its doors nearly five years ago.
Combs is in the company of other Black entertainers who have opened eateries in “Hotlanta” but whose establishments also fell by the wayside: Usher’s The Grape shut its doors in 2009, Ludacris’ Straits went belly up last January, and Jermaine Dupris’ Cafe Dupris closed in 2008.
A celebrity eatery that is still standing in Atlanta, however, is Gladys Knight and Ron Winan’s Chicken and Waffles. The poultry meets breakfast-combo-inspired menu is still being served up to the hungry masses after a successful nearly 16-year run.