Struggle Plates: Authorities Raid Gladys Knight's Soul Food Joints

Struggle Plates: Authorities Raid Gladys Knight's Soul Food Joints

Find out why the Atlanta hot spots were shut down today.

Published June 21st

Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffles restaurant chain was raided on Tuesday by the Georgia Department of Revenue and is now under investigation by the Atlanta police. According to WSB-TV the singer's son, Shanga Hankerson, who owns the restaurant chain, is under investigation for an unaccounted $1 million.

James Boyd, a consultant to the chain, said in a statement, "It's our intent to get the business back open." Adding, "The business will go on. I want the public to know both sides."

The music icon herself is not involved in the investigation, as she has no role in the chain and just offered her name to help her son. A spokesperson for Knight explained in a statement, "Gladys Knight lent her name to her son’s restaurants in the Atlanta area, similar to a celebrity endorsement. Ms. Knight was not involved in any way with the operation of the restaurants and she is sure that her son and his business partners will rectify the situation. As always, her main concern is for her family’s well-being and she is making sure the family has the guidance they need to assess the situation and move forward.”

At the moment, the three establishments have been shut down while the investigation is ongoing. 

This is not the first time Hankerson and his restaurant have been under fire: earlier this year the chain was in the news for scoring low on the health inspection test.

A million bucks of unaccounted coin and hygiene issues? Hopefully Gladys's good name doesn't go down with this joint.

Written by Evelyn Diaz

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