UPDATE, 6/7/12 5:15 p.m.: I spoke with Keesha Johnson, of Dan Klores Communications, who represents Sean Combs. Ms. Johnson says that the restaurant now plans to remain open until further notice and will not close on Saturday as originally planned.
UPDATE, 6/7/12 5:00 p.m.: Ms. Johnson indicated that the restaurant is not closing tomorrow but on Saturday (June 9). Justin’s will accommodate all reservations arranged for tomorrow. She was unable to comment on the future of the restaurant but will keep us posted as plans develop.
PREVIOUSLY: According to persistent rumors, Sean “Diddy” Combs’ restaurant, Justin’s, will close tomorrow. Justin’s, which serves Caribbean and soul food, has been in business for 14 years.
The restaurant’s general manager, Solomon Fornie, denies rumors that Justin’s Restaurant & Bar will cease operations tomorrow. Instead, he says, it will close early next week to undergo four or five weeks of renovations to both the interior and exterior of the building. According to Fornie, they hope to reinvigorate Justin’s and “make it upscale like it was when we first opened.” With regard to the designer for the project, Fornie says they “are still in the process of making those decisions.”
Yet, according to those persistent rumors, employees have received a severance package and will be dismissed tomorrow. Additionally, the restaurant’s website is no longer working. Its facebook page is still active with a post today that said “Justins is Open for Lunch everday at 1130 [sic].” Reservations can also still be made for the this weekend through Open Table.
Does anyone else have any information about the future of Justin’s (2200 Peachtree Road N.W.)?
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog