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Gladys Knight distances herself from Chicken & Waffles restaurants

Gladys Knight the person is distancing herself from Gladys Knight the restaurants amid news that the Department of Revenue, with help from local authorities, raided all three locations of the restaurant as well as its corporate headquarters — all operated by Knight’s son, Shanga Hankerson.

A handwritten "closed" sign is affixed to the door at Gladys Knight Chicken & Waffles Photo: Jennifer Brett


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Not long ago, Knight stopped by to reassure diners after a failing health-inspection report. Now a spokeswoman says she has no day to day involvement with the local clutch of restaurants bearing her name.

“Gladys Knight lent her name to her son’s restaurants in the Atlanta area, similar to a celebrity endorsement,” said Laura Herlovich, Knight’s Las Vegas-based spokeswoman. “Ms. Knight was not involved in any way with the operation of the restaurants, and she is sure that her son and his business partners will rectify the situation.”

“As always, her main concern is for her family’s well-being, and she is making sure the family has the guidance they need to assess the situation and move forward,” Herlovich said.

Please return for updates.

Photo: Jennifer Brett

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