T-Pain opens a new restaurant, probably in Georgia

Looks like T-Pain is tapping into his family roots by opening a new restaurant.

The namesake Tallahassee rapper and Grammy Award-winning “I Like Dat” posted a selfie while swinging wrenches in his latest business venture.

“I DID IT WOOD!!!! I’m officially a restaurateur,” he said in his post. “I got my keys today and I’m scared like (expletive deleted). BUT! I can no longer ignore the paths God has laid out for me just because I don’t understand or I’m scared.”

Put the T in T-Pain:

His eclectic career has taken a culinary and libational twist lately. Last summer, he announced a collaboration with famed Tex-Mex restaurant Moe’s, appearing in commercials and promoting his new taco queso Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo. He also released a new video with Kehlani and a cocktail recipe book.

While he hasn’t identified the specific restaurant or location of his new venture, signs point to it possibly being Vuu Bistro and Sushi Bar, an Asian fusion restaurant in Roswell, Georgia. , which has been open for about a decade.

On April 20, owner Aaron Vuu posted a farewell message on the restaurant’s website, where he noted “when an amazing journey ends, a new one is about to begin…”

“This news may come as an absolute shock to many, but please know that this decision was very long and difficult for me,” Vuu wrote.

T-Pain dropped several clues about the restaurant’s location on social media. His last message shows him standing in the dining room. In view is a partial panel on the carpet, where an Asian bistro and bar are visible. At least one fan shared a photo in the comments from inside the restaurant that appeared to match the backdrop of T-Pain’s photo.

And in 2018, the rapper posted on Twitter that he was at a restaurant.

It is not yet known what dishes will be served under T-Pain’s ownership. But this is not the first time he has worked in the restaurant industry.

T-Pain, whose real name is Faheem Najm, grew up on the south side of Tallahassee near Ridge Road (his stage name means Tallahassee Pain).

His parents, Aliyah and Shaheed Najm, had a restaurant called Fish ND Pocket that T-Pain fondly remembers as a child, according to his Instagram post. He posted a decades-old photo of his parents outside the restaurant.

T-Pain performs on the main stage at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover.

“My mom and dad in front of their first restaurant. I grew up in this place. I know the risks. I know how stressful it is,” said T-Pain, who is encouraging support for his new venture. “I know the success rate.

“Thank you all for your support, kind words, encouragement, and while it may not seem like it, I also appreciate the concern BUT please don’t project your own fears onto me. Let me take my picture without you telling me why you’re afraid to shoot yours.

The (people) who ultimately succeed are the ones who can see through all the discouragement and keep persevering.”


Contact TaMaryn Waters at [email protected] or follow @TaMarynWaters on Twitter.

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