Not only did hardly anyone watch America’s Next Great Restaurant, apparently nobody ate there either. Jamawn Woods, the winner of America’s Next Great Restaurant, won a three restaurant chain of his healthy soul food restaurant Soul Daddy. Apparently it is a prize that barely lasted as two of the three locations have already closed after a month. Sadly the citizens of New York and Los Angeles will now have to make a trek up to Minneapolis’ Mall of America if they want to sample a piece of television history.
Here’s the statement from the PR team:
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. We have decided to close our restaurants at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles and the South Street Seaport in New York, effective June 14, and focus on developing the best restaurant we can at the Mall of America restaurant in Bloomington, Minnesota. While it has certainly been a difficult decision, we believe this is the best approach as we work towards ongoing success for Soul Daddy.