Rapper 2 Chainz had one of his Atlanta, Georgia restaurants shut down by authorities on Monday, May 25 after it was packed with customers partying for America’s Memorial Day.
Georgia State Police officers stopped at Escobar Restaurant & Tapas on Monday night after noting patrons had piled into the establishment, where they ignored all social distancing rules put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus while allowing local eatery owners to reopen their dining rooms.
According to a police report obtained by TMZ, the cops “noticed that the location was rather loud, busy, and occupied to be operating as a restaurant at that time of night,” and after speaking to the venue manager, the place was closed down for “violating executive orders regarding protocol issued due to COVID-19.”
Escobar officials had even flaunted the fun on Instagram prior to the police visit, posting video footage of people dancing, smoking hookahs and ordering bottle service online.
2 Chainz has yet to comment on the controversy, which emerges a month after he and his business partner Snoop Dillard decided against re-opening the dining area at their Atlanta businesses after initially hoping to welcome customers inside again following the coronavirus lockdown.
They had wanted to take advantage of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s lifted restrictions to kick-start the economy after a weeks-long shutdown, against the advice of many medical experts, but subsequently changed their minds after facing a backlash online.
They eventually re-opened in early May.