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Bobby Flay on Chipotle's Role in the Soul Daddy Shutter

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Jamawn Woods recently blamed Chipotle for the shutter of his Soul Daddy restaurant mini-chain he won in America's Next Great Restaurant, and apparently, so does Bobby Flay. Woods told TMZ earlier this month that Chipotle had hired "a bum management team" for his soul food restaurant that didn't have any actual experience with soul food.

Back in June, Soul Daddy closed its New York, Los Angeles and Mall of America locations less than two months after opening them. When Eater asked Bobby Flay about the super-flop that was Soul Daddy, he replied that, "It was just an unfortunate thing... Once the show was over, it was really out of our hands. Chipotle was running it." Flay was both a judge and investor on the show.

Meanwhile, a rep for the burrito chain said, "The Soul Daddy restaurants were generating significant negative cash flows and, after a careful review of the business, the investor group made the decision to close the restaurants."

Of course, it didn't help that Soul Daddy had opened in a couple of especially tough markets. In an interview today with Eater DC, Flay talked about competition in Washington, DC and his latest Bobby's Burger Palace location: "I was born and bred and made my career in New York. It's hard to get a more competitive city than that."

Flay told Eater he feels bad for Woods, who he hears is planning to open a restaurant in Detroit. Maybe the Chrysler plant Woods used to work for — which offered Woods his fork lift operator job back — can give it to someone else?

—Amy McKeever

· All Bobby Flay Coverage on Eater [-E-]
· All Soul Daddy Coverage on Eater [-E-]
· All America's Next Great Restaurant Coverage on Eater [-E-]

[R. Lopez]

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