Authorities Shut Down Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffle Restaurants

by VVN Music

The Georgia Department of Revenue raided and shut down the three locations of Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffle Restaurants in Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon.

The singer allowed her son, Shanga Hankerson, to use her name on the restaurant chain although she is not involved in ownership or day-to-day operations.

According to authorities, Hankerson is under investigation for improperly diverting an estimated $1 million from the business.  Sources say that the authorities closed the business, making customers and employees leave, before seizing computers, files and other business equipment and records.

There is a possibility that the restaurants could open as soon as Thursday under the management of the state.

While Knight is not part of the investigation, a spokesman did issue a statement to Atlanta's WSB saying that "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."

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