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Soul Daddy closes its FINAL location

This just in...

"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.""

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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:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7821...

      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.