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Soul Daddy closes its FINAL location

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"The doors at Soul Daddy at the Mall of America closed permanently Tuesday night, bringing to a quick end, after slightly more than eight weeks, the "prize" offered as part of the NBC reality show "America's Next Great Restaurant.""

The rest here: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/...

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  1. I hope that Chipotle bast*rd Steve Ells is proud of himself now. He manipulated a lot of people, took Jamawn's soul food concept, and watered it down enough so that it was no longer soul food and then did not allow them enough time to fix his mistakes. I hope Jamawn did not close on the house he put an offer on in Lakeville, MN (about 18 miles south of the Mall of America).

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    1. re: John E.

      +1, John.

      I hope Jamawn calls his hometown boy Geoffrey Fieger, Kevorkian's lawyer and noted publicity hound, and sues the living HELL out of NBC and the "investors".

      He may not win but there's a real opporunity for some public shaming here.

    2. discussion in progress on the MSP board in case anyone's interested:

      1. Is ANGR Holdings the Flay et al. group? Have they addressed this pathetic situation at all? I love this: "The two other locations (South Street Seaport in New York City, and Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles) were closed June 14 and 15, respectively, to the surprise of Jamawn, who had found out about the first closing in an email hours after having put in an offer for a home in Lakeville, Minn." They can't even call the guy and tell him the news? Sad.

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        1. re: Joanie

          My guess is that ANGR Holdings is Steve Ells and Flay, Stone and the Cuban woman only put their name to the group. Chipotle went public 5 years ago and has a stock value over $1B. Ells seemed to be calling the shots on the TV show so I think Jamawn's fate was all in the Chipotle guy's hands.

          1. re: John E.

            " Ells seemed to be calling the shots on the TV show so I think Jamawn's fate was all in the Chipotle guy's hands."

            A very bad place to me, if you ask me.

        2. I'm kind of curious if Jamawn had a non compete clause in the contract he signed - if so, he is really f*(&ed

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            1. re: applehome

              I think someone might want to revisit the early Soul Daddy concept and keep the healthy to a minimum. Of course, it has to be executed well and cold ribs won't cut it. I still don't think he got a fair shake.

              1. re: Joanie

                None of them got a fair shake. By the time the "Investors" manipulated everyone's concept, it was a mere shadow of their original ideas.

            2. re: pitagirl

              ANGR Holdings has trademarked the names of all the restaurants entered in the competition..

            3. I can't think of 3 worse locations. None are local resident dining destinations, and are mostly filled with people there for other attractions, looking to spend money on other goods (not unknown food).

              Nothing's easy, but I would bet that if they had located in the downtown/daily workforce lunching areas of those cities, they might have attracted a curious crowd, looking to try something new.

              1. I can't figure out how they could close him down after two months. Restaurant 101 says you need at least 6 months to get established, etc, so make sure you have enough money in the bank for that amount of time. Seriously, two months, and they abandoned him? Shame on all of them. I hope they don't bring that show back - they are a bunch of frauds...

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                1. re: jeanmarieok

                  Another Restaurant 101: have ONE profitable location before you start thinking about opening in other spots.

                        1. re: SmartCookie

                          I'm not really surprised Soul Daddy failed, albeit not as quickly. From the very beginning, everything from the concept of healthy soul food with no fried chicken to opening multiple locations at once seemed like a mistake.

                          As that portfolio article pointed out, they had already invested more than enough money for any growing pains. But, it became clear, if it wasn't already from the very beginning, that this place was going to fail and you were just throwing good money after bad to keep this place alive.

                          If this was your money, would of any of you guys really have invested in any of those concepts? Seemed like they started off with not any really good ones from the very beginning until they were stuck with those last three and had to pick one for the sake of reality TV.

                          If Soul Daddy was not long for this world, would it really be any better to keep it on lifesupport for half a year or a year or longer? This way, Jawan gets to cut his losses before he spent anymore time on a losing concept or ended up having to put his own money or assets on the line for a losing concept.

                          I'm watching Bachelor Pad this summer for trashy entertainment, and expecting ANGR to find a succesful fast casual concept would have been like finding true love on that show or the Bachelor.