Soul Daddy, Winner of "America's Next Great Restaurant," Officially Shut Down

June 30, 2011

It's been a rough month for Jamawn Woods of Soul Daddy, the winner of "America's Next Great Restaurant": all three of his locations have been shut down just eight weeks after they opened.

Soul Daddy had three locations as a part of Woods' prize for winning the NBC reality show: Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles, South Street Seaport in New York City and the Mall of America in Minnesota. All three locations opened on May 2, but the Los Angeles and New York locations shut their doors by mid-June. The Soul Daddy in the Mall of America shut down on Tuesday.

The Soul Daddy shutdown seems to have caught Jamawn Woods and his team by surprise. Woods was originally scheduled to undergo management training for the next year, while manager Josh Furman told the Star Tribune, "We had permission to do more of our own thing on our own level. I didn't see this coming." The Star Tribune also reports that all Soul Daddy employees were referred to a recruiter at Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle.

An official statement from ANGR Holdings, which owned Soul Daddy, reads in part, "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."

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Barnaby's picture

Goes to show that no matter how much of an advantage you have, it takes some luck to make it in the restaurant business!

Angel's picture

In 8 wks? Give me a break. There is more here than we know.

sunnyrana's picture

Soul Daddy, Winner of "America's Next full videos at

Lee Dean's picture

The photo used with this story did not come from the Atlanta Post. It's from the Minneapolis Star Tribune and appeared several times in my coverage of Soul Daddy and the NBC TV show, which can be seen in its entirety at

Marissa Brassfield's picture

Thanks for the correction, Lee! I've updated the post. It looks like the Atlanta Post syndicated your story...