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Ludacris Finds Restaurant Success + ‘New Year’s Eve’ Contest Winners

Ludacris is the man of a thousand hustles. I remember when he first popped on the scene with his first album Back for the First Time and was all in our face with loud raps and a big afro. Now he’s a rapper, actor and entrepreneur. Luda sat down with Black Enterprise magazine to discuss his foray into the culinary world.  For the last 4 years, Luda has been successfully running an Atlanta based Asian Fusion cuisine restaurant called Straits.

Why Asian fused cuisine?  That happens to be Luda’s favorite!

Man, it’s some of my favorite food and I never want to be typical. People think if I open a restaurant that it’s automatically going to be soul food. I love to throw curve balls to people all the time; I love to be different, I strive for excellence. Atlanta is just one of these places where it’s a melting pot when it comes to so many different cultures and styles, and I just wanted to play towards that because people appreciate good food and with a little bit of an ethnic twist to it.

In addition to the restaurant, Luda has also seen success with his brand of liquor Conjure and recently announced he’ll be starting a children’s educational site with his 10 year old daughter Karma.  Luda also stars in the new movie New Year’s Eve, which topped the box office this weekend.  And speaking of New Year’s Eve, we’re happy to announce the winners of our contest!  We had lots of entries and some really great resolutions. And our chosen winners are…

Johnnie Blackwell and CL Bridget!

Congratulations on winning and enjoy your prize package!  Didn’t win this time around? Don’t worry.  We’re working on our next giveaways for the new year so you’ll have another chance before you know it!  Stay tuned…

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