THIS BLOG has registered several postings on the contradictions in terms that can be seen in a drive northbound on "Peachtree Street" (The "Broad Street" of Atlanta):
IN ONE BLOCK YOU SEE A TRANSITION FROM:
- A HOMELESS SHELTER ON 'PINE STREET' Where A Predominately Black Crowd Waits Their Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Meal
- A CELEBRITY RESTAURANT Where A Predominately Black Crowd Of Middle Class People Line Up Awaiting A Booth To Clear Out So They Can Partake In A Signature Meal
This all changed about a year ago.
THE "REVENUERS IN GEORGIA" raided the business in retribution for UNPAID EMPLOYEE WITHHOLDING TAXES DUE TO THE STATE.
One man's indulgence does not make a "pattern". And surely no malicious 'racial narrative' by the White Right Wing proves to be a model in this case.
THE ONLY THING THAT WE CAN SAY IS: A prosperous business that had command of a large set of patrons has crashed and burned. The restaurant staff - however large - are now all out of a job.
I do not know why Gladys Knight's son, the manager of the business failed to pay the state taxes on the business, while retaining his upper class lifestyle. IF the money was burning cash - he could have slightly raised the menu prices and only lost a marginal amount of business.
This is the control that a 'loyal customer base' (and/or 'celebrity worshipers' ) affords for you.
They were NOT competing with "KFC", "Popeyes" or "Bojangles" chicken. They, like "Hard Rock Cafe" were competing for the "downtown 'experiential dining' crowd.
Now that I think about it - I don't have enough fingers to count the number of times that I vowed to NEVER AGAIN take my family to the "Hard Rock Cafe" in downtown in submission to my children's request that I take an out of town visitor on a tour and then a meal at this EXPENSIVE restaurant, only to go back again.
The menu price is not the problem for most people choosing to eat at these type of restaurants.
(I have never eaten at this location of 'Gladys Knights Chicken And Waffles'. I did eat at one of their other former locations)
"Gladys Knights Chicken And Waffles", was in fact a 'home grown Hard Rock Cafe'.
It was a victim of financial mismanagement.