News: The Saga Ends: Diddy's Justin's Restaurant Closes Doors For Good

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 1:05PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Bad Boy Records mogul Diddy's popular Justin's Atlanta restaurant is reportedly closing its doors for good after nearly 15 years in business.

Initially closed for renovations, it turns out the eatery is being permanently shut down.

Today, we received word from a spokesperson for Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group (BBWEG), founded by Combs, confirming rumors that the 14-year-old restaurant will not reopen. According to the statement, BBWEG closed Justin's Restaurant in order to pursue "other business ventures in music, television, fashion, fragrance and spirits." The company, however, says it is "actively exploring business opportunities in Atlanta" and promises "to have a strong presence in the region." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The rap mogul's New York location closed its doors for good five years ago.

There was speculation that Justin's was shut down for renovations and would reopen. Not. Once known for "Martini Mondays" and celebrity-filled weekend nights, Justin's fell off in recent years and was unable to relocate its early magic. Combs' first Justin's restaurant, in New York, closed after 10 years in 2007. His Atlanta location lasted 14 years. (Atlanta Black Star)

Over the past few years, rappers Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris' Atlanta-based restaurants shut down.

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. (Soul Culture UK)

Following the closure of Luda's Straits restaurant earlier this year, the rap star announced plans to venture into airport eateries.

"As I continue to learn and evolve as a businessman, I am extremely excited to put my restaurateur footprint into a new venture inside the busiest international airport in the United States, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Straits was a great segue into the industry and with Chicken N Beer I can create my own concept. I look forward to expanding my creativity and driving. (Statement)

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