A photo collage posted by chef Darius Williams to announce the closing of his three restaurants. VIA INSTAGRAM

Greens and Gravy, Soul Crab abruptly shutter 

Chef Darius Williams has closed all three of his restaurants, including Greens and Gravy and Soul Crab in Atlanta. The story was first reported by 11Alive .

In addition to his restaurants, Williams is known for his YouTube channel Darius Cooks which has 160,000 subscribers. 

Williams opened Greens and Gravy in 2017, followed by Soul Crab locations in both Atlanta and Chicago. Williams announced the abrupt closure today on social media. 

On Instagram, Williams’ caption reads, "Fam, wanted to take a quick moment to let you know that last night was our last night of business for all three restaurants. I know this is sudden and a shock, so I apologize. Wanted to say thank you for everyone that supported the fried chicken, crab legs, fried lobster, and most importantly, my crazy vision. I love y’all - for real."

Williams did not provide additional details on the closures and could not immediately be reached for comment.

The restaurants have shuttered after a company owned solely by Williams, Above 701, Inc., agreed to a settlement with the Georgia Department of Law Consumer Protection Division over allegations of illegal credit repair, 11Alive reported. According to a news release in early December 2019, the practice of credit repair, which includes the selling of services intended to help customers improve their credit history, is “generally illegal” in Georgia. The state’s settlement with Above 701, Inc., totaled $145,750 and included both customer restitution and a civil penalty.


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