After operating in Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead area for 14 years, Sean “Diddy” Combs‘ restaurant “Justin’s” has closed its doors for good.
Once an extremely popular locale for Atlanta residents and visitors alike, Justin’s experienced a drop in business in recent years and found itself unable to regain the success it once enjoyed.
Despite claims from general manager Solomon Fornie last week that the restaurant was simply closing to undergo renovations that would “make it upscale like it was when we first opened,” representatives from Diddy’s Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group (BBWEG), the company that operates Justin’s, have confirmed that the southern and Caribbean food-serving eatery will close permanently so the company can further pursue “other business ventures in music, television, fashion, fragrance and spirits,” according to a statement obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The statement also says the company will still have “a strong presence” in the Atlanta region and is “actively exploring business opportunities” there.
The closing comes five years after that of Justin’s New York, the franchise’s first location which operated for 10 years, and is the latest of a series of celebrity-owned eateries to close in the Atlanta area.
Jermaine Dupri‘s “Café Dupri” closed in 2008 after three years in business; R&B superstar Usher‘s wine bistro “The Grape” shut its doors in late 2009; and Ludacris closed his pan-Asian eatery “Straits” earlier this year in order to focus on his new venture, a restaurant called “Chicken & Beer” (after his 2003 album of the same name), which is set to open in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport before year’s end.