*Sad news for budding restaurateur Jamawn Woods.
*All three locations of Soul Daddy, his winning “healthy soul food” concept from NBC’s “America’s Next Great Restaurant” series, have now been shuttered, according to a statement from the backers.
Although the Mall of America location in Minneapolis lasted longer than the Los Angeles and New York spots, ultimately the restaurant was not performing as well as anticipated.
“After careful consideration and a thorough review of its performance, we have decided to close Soul Daddy at the Mall of America,” read a statement from the company backing the venture. “This was a difficult decision for us, as we wanted to see Soul Daddy succeed, but the restaurant simply was not performing as we had hoped. We’d like to thank all of the customers who tried our restaurants and the people who worked hard to try to make the restaurants succeed.”
Soul Daddy was Woods’ first restaurant. Before his win on “America’s Next Great Restaurant,” he ran W3’s, a small catering company in Detroit.