Starting a business isn’t easy — especially a restaurant. So many new restaurants fail within their first year, and very few make it to the five-year mark. That’s because so much goes into it. From managing labor to cash flow, there’s an endless number of considerations that come with running a restaurant, and thus, there’s an infinite number of things that can go wrong. Unfortunately for our girl Kandi Burruss, what can go wrong, will go wrong. We’ve been following her and her husband Todd Tucker as they build their restaurant empire, but the road to restauranteur has been a bumpy one. And now, according to a new report from Radar Online, the latest obstacle they’re facing is a sky-high tax bill.
Can you believe it’s been almost five years since Kandi and Todd opened their first restaurant, Old Lady Gang? It was season 9 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, where we saw them build their family-inspired soul food eatery. Since then, Kandi’s restaurant has been the backdrop for some iconic RHOA scenes, and it’s driven a good chunk of Kandi’s storyline. Last season, Kandi and Todd opened a new restaurant called Blaze Steak and Seafood. Everything seemed to go off without a hitch, but behind the scenes, there has been a myriad of complications.
First of all, Kandi and Todd opened a new restaurant amid a global pandemic. That’s a whole obstacle in itself. Then earlier this year, the steakhouse temporarily closed following a failed health inspection. A lot went wrong with that health inspection, but some of the biggest offenses included a food handler not washing their hands after touching raw seafood and warm prep coolers. Yum! The health inspector also noticed a Chick-fil-A cup just chilling in an area with regular food supplies. Oh, and there was pink organic residue in their ice makers. And if you want some of that ice, it might cost you $4 for a cup of it. Meanwhile, over at Old Lady Gang, they were rocking a C-rating from the health inspector.
They’ve rebounded from their health inspection issues, but now, Kandi and Todd’s restaurant company allegedly owes thousands of dollars in back taxes. According to Radar Online, the IRS has accused Burruss Tucker Restaurant Group LLC of owing $5,156.50 in back taxes from a 2021 quarterly bill. And this isn’t the first time they’ve been hit with a tax bill from Uncle Sam. Over the summer, they were hit with another lien related to unpaid taxes from 2020. According to the IRS, the RHOA star and her husband owe $15,812.52. So, let’s do that math. $5,156.50 from 2021 plus $15,812.52 from 2020 makes a grand total of $20,969.02 in tax debt.
Between the cross-contamination in the kitchen and the thousands of dollars in tax debt, it sounds like there will be plenty of topics to discuss on Kandi’s upcoming spinoff show. Tentatively called the Kandi OLG Project, the series will follow the power couple as they continue to build their restaurant empire in Atlanta. The spinoff is expected to debut sometime in 2022.
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TELL US – ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO KANDI’S OLG SPINOFF SHOW? WHY DO YOU THINK KANDI AND TODD’S EATERIES HAVE SO MANY PROBLEMS? IF YOU WERE IN ATLANTA, WOULD YOU EAT AT ONE OF THEIR RESTAURANTS?