No one ever said that operating a restaurant was easy. Tell that to Jamawn Woods.
Eater.com reports that two of the three "Soul Daddy" restaurants Woods won after finishing first on NBC's short-lived competition series "America's Next Great Restaurant" closed for good this week, just a month after opening.
The Soul Daddy restaurants in New York and Los Angeles are affected by the closure. The third eatery, located inside the Mall of America in Minnesota, remains open.
In a statement, the company that runs Soul Daddy wrote:
"The realities of running a restaurant are very difficult, more so with multiple locations in multiple cities. After a careful review of the business model and the performance of the restaurants, we have decided that our best opportunity for Soul Daddy's success is to focus our efforts on establishing a solid footing in one location, building the brand, and developing the operations from there.
"While it has certainly been a difficult decision, we believe this is the best approach as we work toward ongoing success for Soul Daddy."
On its website, Soul Daddy says it prides itself on serving a "healthier, lighter take on traditional soul food."
For winning "America's Next Great Restaurant," which ended its only season last month, Woods won a three-restaurant chain financially backed by the show's four judges – Chipotle founder Steve Ells and celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Lorena Garcia and Curtis Stone. Neither Woods nor the investors have commented on the closures.
so sad i feel so bad for his family and him i hope things work out for him he really wanted this.
How sad... the restaurants he won were nothinglike the idea he had in mind. They were too sleek and modern...AND THEY LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE CHIPOTLE!
This show was not much more than a 7-week long Chipotle commercial. They went through this long process of forcing the contestants into a certain position, then they changed almost everything about the place between the shows finale and the opening of the 3 places.
This was bound to happen, they took a non-expereinced guy and said here have three restaurants, this business is more than 50% failure rate. Bobby and Steve have to much experience for this, I think it may have been a producer decision. Either way, they took the guys concept made it what they wanted and put him in as the mouthpiece. Wrong concept won IMO. Curtis came across as a jerk but you could tell he was thinking "HOW DID I GET MYSELF INTO THIS" SOUL DADDY is now in a Mall with huge rent and mediocre food. The investors are chefs how can the food be bad, and the woman investor "CHARRA" needed a writer because she just came across as dumb as dirt. My call he's done in a year. Not trying to rain on his parade but this busness is tough, and I doubt the investors will dump more money in it. LIFE LESSON LEARNED" call it a day then call me I got a great idea. And I have experience.
The smart thing would have been to sell off 2 resturants as franchises, right off the bat. That way he would have $ to invest in the remaining resturant, & or to expand & sell more franchises. He was given this opportunity & is almost back to square 0. No business sense, bad advice?? Hope he rallies before it's too late!
I make an incredible peanut butter sandwich.
Some of you laughing and making jokes about someone losing their life's dream, is a shame and a mystery to me. I hope none of you ever have to go through that because it is not a god feeling.
The people who do that are the ones who still stay with there parents, living in the basement and never will do or be nobody in their entire life cu they don't get up and try. Lazy bums, this guy and his family is awsome for trying to live out there dreams!!!
What exactly is soul food? Kool-aid and Newports?
I ate at the one in NY. It was good. The baked chicken was delcious – but it seemed like the entire staff was new to the restaurant industry too and just didn't get it. When we were finishing eating, they created a smoke condition that set off the fire alarms and the FDNY showed up.
Was there ever a doubt these restaurants would fail? SoulDaddy. What a stupid idea.
It isn't Jamawn Woods' fault the restaurant failed in NY and LA. It will probably eventually fail in the Mall of America, as well – at least without drastic changes. The "chefs" (term used loosely for all except Bobby Flay) bickered constantly about the contestants having to be a HEALTHY restaurant. Look – You can have HEALTHY OPTIONS on the menu, but you can't OMIT the TASTY OPTIONS from the menu strictly because you want to be a healthy place. You WILL fail! (For 1) – Healthy Soul Food is an oxymoron – and should remain an oxymoron. How in the world can you have a SOUL FOOD joint without Fried Chicken (Bobby Flay knew you couldn't) and Mac n Cheese. (For 2) – You cannot force people to eat healthy, because trust me... we either will eat healthy or we won't... It will have NOTHING to do with your restaurant and its menu choices. If we don’t have a CHOICE between healthy and tasty, we won’t go to your place, when we want the one you don’t offer. (For 3) I know I’m not alone in this, but when I want soul food... I'm gonna get fried chicken (or ribs) and mac n cheese. PERIOD! AND… I normally eat healty.
No Pain! No Gain. Most Entrepreneurs fail in their first couple of attempts! Some of you sound hateful!
Shut em' all and make the "next great" one.
HANNAH, are you one of those whiny doodoo eaters?
people have no compassion for those who try to open a restaurant & fail. as a person who has tried I know the HEARTBREAK & I wouldnj't wish that on ANYONE. All your hopes & dreams gone.... plus a whole lot of money. SO SAD.
Sound like he got into something he couldnt handle. He was in too far over his head. Im sure the backers/investors are not happy at all. Cant wait to see what they have to say.
Should have called Gordon Ramsey for help.
Well, I am glad that at least ONE of his restaurant stayed open. Soul Daddy will do good there.
Not even the Turd Salad could save them.
and they shouldna put doodoo on all their menu items as a garnishment
it woulda stayed open if he made regular food. cheeseburgers and hotdogs and frenchfries. all that fancy stuff os just garbola.
Yep. I don't want light soul food. I want the GOOD stuff like burgers and steak and fried chicken and roast beef.
this guy won a show with this lame idea. no wonder his stores failed. loser!!!
Woods was too busy Stylin and Profilin. He is a loser.
Did he raid his daddys 1970s suit closet? He must think he is some kinda pimp. No wonder he is a FAILURE!!
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