Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles menu draws thousands of customers each year, and fans of the restaurant showed their astonishment on Twitter when at two of the three eateries were raided by the IRS around June 21.
It makes a lot of sense that Gladys Knight would have something to do with a chicken and waffles restaurant because it is a dish based on the culture of performers, according to the website.
Despite this, Gladys Knight says the current problems with the chicken and waffles restaurant that bears her name has nothing to do with her — and points a finger at her son, Shanga Hankerson.
Sadly, this is not the first time Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles has had trouble on the menu. In February, Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles was put on red alert for not passing health code inspections, according to WSB TV.
The report about the low health code rating was a surprise to reporters because it had previously rated as 94 as opposed to 53. Was this an early sign that there were troubles with management at Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles?
However, this time around, matters are more extreme in regards to Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles, and a recap of June 21 events by Atlanta Restaurants states the three restaurants were closed and warrants were issued for Shanga Hankerson.
The warrants claimed that Shanga Hankerson, as the owner of Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles, owed the Georgia IRS between $650,000 and $1 million.
Gladys Knight herself spoke out about the chicken and waffles restaurant situation on June 21, according to Atlanta Journal Constitution. At that time, Gladys Knight stated that she “lent her name to her son’s restaurants in the Atlanta area, similar to a celebrity endorsement.”
Regardless, despite not being directly involved with the business or financial operations at the chicken and waffles restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia, Gladys Knight is a celebrity endorser, but she is also an influencer of the menu.
When the restaurant was reviewed by the Boston Globe in July 2015, it was clear that Gladys Knight was personally reviewing the recipes made at her son’s restaurant.
For example, when her son makes Gladys Knight’s recipe for squash casserole for the chicken and waffles restaurant, Gladys sometimes takes a bite to see if it turned out like the batches she makes at home. About using her recipes for the chicken and waffles restaurant, Gladys Knight’s son told Boston Globe the following.
“The squash casserole is one of her best dishes, but it’s so delicate, it’s difficult to get it right on a volume level. Yesterday she came in and ordered the squash casserole, and she’s like, ‘It’s close, it’s close!’ ”
On social media like Yelp, it appears that fans of Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles have her back no matter what. On the other hand, one Twitter user writes on June 22, “Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles charged me $20 for this plate it should be no reason they have tax problems.”
Other complaints on Twitter include worries that Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles employees might not get paid.
This is especially worrisome since, in a Twitter update, WSB TV‘s Carol Sbarge wrote on June 22 that the “[f]ormer manager of Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles describes cashing his paychecks with no funds.”
WSB TV‘s Marilyn Primovic posted another update on Twitter on June 22 stating “Gladys Knight’s son, owner of Gladys Chicken and Waffles, posted a $20,000 bond in Clayton County today.”
In the end, it is still unknown if the charges filed against Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles are valid. While Gladys Knight’s son may have been arrested for alleged charges by the Georgia IRS and is assumed to be out on bail, a trial will reveal if the warrants, arrests or paperwork were correct or in error.
There have been no announcements made (as of June 22) that the Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles restaurants will be temporarily or permanently closed.
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