Atlanta Restaurant Scene

2 Chainz' Escobar Restaurant and Tapas to open in Atlanta next week

Ugly Christmas sweater salesman and V-103 Winterfest co-headliner 2 Chains is adding another line on his resume -- restaurateur.

The College Park native -- also known as Tauheed Epps -- is opening Escobar Restaurant and Tapas Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 237 Peter St. SW in Castlberry Hill, in collaboration with entrepreneur Mychel "Snoop" Dillard, who also owns The Hookah Hideaway at 43 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr. NE in Atlanta.

An RSVP-only soft launch will be held Dec. 1, according to the spot's Instagram account:

The menu features a variety of tapas, including crab cakes, collard green spring rolls and hot chicken sliders, entrees including grilled ribeye and seafood linguine, and sides, salads and desserts.

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The drink offerings include craft cocktails and fishbowls.

Executive chef DePhon R. Robinson previously served as a personal chef for Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union and Olympian Carl Lewis and has cooked for Tyler Perry Studios, Bravo, WE, TBS, amongst other organizations.

Atlanta restaurants and rappers opening restaurants in the city is nothing new — most recently, rapper Ludacris opened Chicken + Beer at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport , and T.I. closed Scales 925 after several legal issues.

Diddy owned Justin’s on Peachtree Road before it closed in 2012, and Ludacris also owned Asian-fusion restaurant Straits in Midtown, which relaunched as Time in 2015.

Watch 2 Chainz encourage people to vote in November:

Escobar Restaurant + Tapas, 237 Peter St. SW, Atlanta. 404-941-7907,

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