Legendary Soul Singer Gladys Knight Cuts Ties To Chicken & Waffles Business

Spurred on by a lawsuit filed last summer and a recently failed health inspection, soul legend Gladys Knight is finally out of the fried chicken business: Gladys Knight’s Chicken & Waffles, which debuted in 1997, has been officially renamed World Famous Chicken & Waffles.

In August 2016, Knight sued her son Shanga Hankerson, who founded the restaurants, in order to have her name and likeness removed from the mini-chain after it ran into legal troubles in June of that year. (As Eater Atlanta reported, Hankerson was charged in an IRS raid for “stealing over $650,000 in both sales and withholding tax.”) Hankerson is no longer affiliated with the brand, which now operates two locations in the Atlanta area.

SOURCE: Eater – Erin DeJesus