Final Soul Daddy restaurant closes: America’s Next Great Restaurant lasted two months

The final restaurant opened as the prize for NBC’s America’s Next Great Restaurant has closed. Jamawn Woods’ Soul Daddy opened May 1 in New York, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis, but just 15 days ago, shut down the New York and L.A. locations.

Jamawn was surprised by the first two closings, and this one surprised his employees. One of its managers, Josh Furman, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “We had permission to do more of our own thing on our own level. I didn’t see this coming.” The paper reports that “they were in the process of adding new items to the menu and developing the concept more in line with Jamawn’s original soul-food concept.”

In a statement, Soul Daddy’s parent company, ANGR Holdings, said,

“After careful consideration and a thorough review of its performance, we have decided to close Soul Daddy at the Mall of America. 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.”

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