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America's Next Great Restaurant Winner Soul Daddy Shuts Down Two Locations

America's Next Great Restaurant? Not so great just yet.

Soul Daddy, the winning restaurant from the NBC reality show, has shuttered two of its three locations in New York and Los Angeles, Eater reports.

From creator Jamawn Woods, Soul Daddy opened three restaurants in New York, Los Angeles and Minneapolis on May 2 with investors (and series judges) Bobby Flay, Curtis Stone, Lorena Garcia and Chipotle founder Steve Ells. Woods' healthy soul food cuisine beat out...read more

Who Will Win America's Next Great Restaurant? Breaking Down the Final 3

Only three finalists remain standing, and on Sunday, America's Next Great Restaurant will crown its winner. The day after, a new chain of eateries will open up in Hollywood, Minneapolis and New York City -- will it be the Southern Indian cuisine of Sudhir Kandula, the stick-to-your-ribs soul food of Jamawn J. Woods' or Joseph Galluzzi's saucy balls? We break down their chances:

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What the American Idol Judges Could Learn from America's Next Great Restaurant

Many TV critics have already harped on the American Idol judges this season. Their refrain: J.Lo, Steven and Randy are nothing more than paid cheerleaders, incapable of criticism. In their eyes, all of the Top 13 contestants were winners, and their performances have deserved nothing worse than a "that was kind of pitchy."

American Idol: What do the girls need to do to survive?

We agree, and would like to offer some advice by pointing to lesser-seen TV competition America's Next Great Restaurant, the NBC show in which the winner gets to open a new fast-casual restaurant chain. Seems to us, the Idol panel could learn a lot from the show's four judges Curtis Stone, Bobby Flay, Lorena Garcia and Steve Ells.

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America's Next Great Restaurant: Will Joey Stick with Saucy Balls? Should He?

Me? I'd totally snarf Italian meatballs from a place called Saucy Balls. Unfortunately, the investors on NBC's America's Next Great Restaurant don't think the rest of the country will.

So pity poor Joey "Saucy Balls" Galluzzi, who has a legitimately great concept for a fast-casual restaurant chain. Juicy meatballs on demand! I can't name many in-and-out places that will satisfy my craving for a good meatball sub or some tasty home-style Italian meatballs (Subway does not count, people).

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What's Cooking With Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone seems to be turning up everywhere — barbecuing on a deserted island for Oprah, schooling The Biggest Loser contestants on nutrition and sharing recipe secrets as a regular contributor on The Today Show. Beginning March 16, the Aussie chef can be seen in a duel role as ... read more

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