Ludacris is ending his nearly four-year run as a Midtown restaurateur, pulling up the stakes at Straits to focus on a new venture at Atlanta-Hartsfield International Aiport.
Luda, known on real estate documents as Chris Bridges, owns the building and has plans for it in the future, but nothing concrete right now, publicist Liz Lapidus said. For now he will focus on feeding folks at the world’s busiest airport.
Straits’ last hurrah was New Year’s Eve. During its tenure on Juniper Street, it was known as well for its famous clientele as for its cuisine. Here’s a look back at some of the celebs who enjoyed plates at Straits:
- Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas held a private launch party there for her VH1 reality show “What Chilli Wants.”
- Clifford “T.I.” Harris, his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and artist Trey Songz were spotted there enjoying a casual dinner in 2010. Luda let the world know about it at the time, tweeting, “Trey just ordered like 15 chicken lollipops!” Here’s a gallery of photos from their visit.
- NFL player Chad Ochocinco was something of a regular, usually stopping by when in town for games (and often tweeting about it).
- Sean Garrett, Andre Harrell, Bryan-Michael Cox and Brandy all stopped by one night last summer.
- Rapper-actor Common, dined there with actor-author Hill Harper and V103’s Ryan Cameron while in town in 2010 to promote “Just Wright,” which starred Common and Queen Latifah.
- Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee headlined at a 2009 benefit for Ludacris’ charitable foundation there. Joining the fun were his bandmates Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Vince Neil and actress Keisha Knight Pulliam.
- And the cast of “Fast Five,” the latest installment in the “Fast and the Furious” series, became fans. The action movie was filmed largely in Atlanta (although it was set mostly in Brazil). Ludacris, seen in this movie still, played a wise-cracking computer whiz in the movie, which also starred Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson. Vin Diesel joined actor Larenz Tate and hip hop producer Jermaine Dupri for dinner there during the filming, and Straits hosted the film’s wrap party once shooting was finished.
“I’m really proud of this movie, ” said Ludacris, who made a surprise appearance at a screening last year.
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