The AJC finally confirmed the rumor yesterday. Justins Atlanta has finally closed its doors on Peachtree Street, Buckhead location. Its been a rolla coaster of 14 years since its launch in 1998.
Sandrose.com explains: Justin’s restaurant was never really profitable in the 14 years since it opened to much fanfare on Peachtree Road in midtown. Rumor had it that Combs was just a minority owner who fronted for the real owners of the restaurant.
Justin’s business really took a hit when V-103 Morning Show co-host Frank Ski opened his popular restaurant a block away from Justin’s last year. Franks Ski’s was the nail in the coffin for Justin’s Restaurant as the Frank’s eatery attracted celebrities and other VIPs.
Combs opened the restaurant in 1998 when he and his family maintained homes and a presence in the Atlanta area. Combs and Kim Porter’s children attended private schools in Atlanta.
Porter moved to California when local socialite Sarah Chapman gave birth to Combs’ first daughter.
Justin’s restaurant’s namesake, Justin Dior Combs, made headlines last week when he graduated from high school amid angry reports that his $54,000 free ride to UCLA could have gone to someone less fortunate.