Is “Soul Daddy” America’s Next Great Restaurant? NBC Thinks So [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] May13

Is “Soul Daddy” America’s Next Great Restaurant? NBC Thinks So [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]...

On Sunday, May 1st, just hours before President Obama took to the air to inform the world that Osama Bin Laden was shot dead, NBC crowned the champion of their newest reality series, America’s Next Great Restaurant.  The winning concept, Soul Daddy, opened to the public in three cities the very next day.  I had a chance to visit the New York location to see if this chain will sweep across the country. America’s Next Great Restaurant is one of the newest reality shows to hit the small screen and is one of the most unique.  21 contestants compete to win a grand prize of having their idea turned into a chain of three restaurants across the US. When I first heard about the series, I was really excited.  Finally, a new idea for a reality show and the grand prize is something that we will all get to take part in.  It’s a cross between The Apprentice and Top Chef. A unique twist is that the four judges are also investors in the new chain and have genuine monetary motivation to make the winning restaurant work.  If the concept is successful, not only will the contestants win in the long run, but so will the judges/investors. After fighting through weeks of competition and surviving the other contestants,  America’s newest chain of fast casual restaurants went to Soul Daddy, which opened the very next day at these three locations: *Los Angeles at The Hollywood and Highland Center (near the Kodak Theater) *Minneapolis in The Mall of America *New York City at the South Street Seaport Soul Daddy is the brainchild of contestant Jamawn Woods from Detroit.  He had originally worked in the auto industry there, until being laid off, and eventually pursuing his love...