Contractor sues Kandi Burruss' Old Lady Gang restaurant for $16,512


This was posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

A local general contractor has filed a lawsuit claiming Kandi Burruss and her husband Todd Tucker have not paid him for $16,512 in work he did last year on their new restaurant Old Lady Gang.

Charles Busbee filed the lawsuit September 25 in Fulton County Superior Court.

He said he did the work between March 19 and June 27, 2016. In the lawsuit, he said Burruss and Tucker's architect and third defendant Cedric Drayton wrote them checks totaling $16,512 but then refused to pay them. He said he was forced to pay his crew of workers out of his own pocket.

Busbee had previously filed a lawsuit trying to get his money. On September 26, 2016, the two parties appeared in court and Drayton admitted to not paying and agreed to restitution payments over a year.

To date, Busbee has not received a penny, he said in the lawsuit.

Busbee, a carpenter,  is seeking his monies plus interest. For now, he is claiming a lien on the property at 185 Peters Street in Atlanta.

UPDATE: On Friday, September 29, Kandi and Todd released a statement through their attorney, saying this dispute has nothing to do with them but is really between Drayton and Busbee:

"The lawsuit filed against Kandi, Todd and their Old Lady Gang restaurant is false, attention-seeking and utterly meritless against them.  Statements made in the petitioner's complaint, as well as documents he filed and attached to it, clearly show this was a dispute between the petitioner and the other named defendant who hired him.  My clients do not owe the petitioner anything, except a copy of pleadings I am filing that will include a request for damages if he does not dismiss my clients as parties to this frivolous lawsuit immediately."  Precious Anderson, Esq.

The restaurant opened in March. And Burruss, a "Real Housewives of Atlanta" regular, has said in interviews that it's doing very well. In June, the AJC gave it a decent review.


Reader Comments


Next Up in Radio & TV Talk

'Selena: The Series': Netflix announces new show about Selena Quintanilla
'Selena: The Series': Netflix announces new show about Selena Quintanilla

A new series about slain Tejano icon Selena Quintanilla is heading to Netflix in 2020, the streaming service announced Tuesday. According to a Netflix press release, the scripted drama, produced by Campanario Entertainment, is "a coming-of-age story following Selena as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices...
Listen: 53 Days Until Super Bowl 53
Listen: 53 Days Until Super Bowl 53

Listen now or open in iTunes or Google Play: There are just 53 days until Super Bowl 53 kicks off at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. And in just a few weeks, we’ll learn which teams will take the field in the new stadium. AJC music reporter and avid football fan Melissa Ruggieri chats about concerts from artists such as Ludacris...
MLS Cup featuring Atlanta United’s win draws best TV ratings since 1997
MLS Cup featuring Atlanta United’s win draws best TV ratings since 1997

The MLS Cup victory by the Atlanta United over Portland on Saturday night drew the biggest TV audience in at least 20 years, according to Nielsen Media Research. The game aired on Fox nationally and brought in 1.56 million overnight viewers. That’s nearly double from the number who watched a year earlier and the most since at least 1997, the...
Some vegetables easily tolerate cold weather
Some vegetables easily tolerate cold weather

Q: My cabbage and lettuce crops are looking great even though we have had colder than normal weather. What range can they stand before being frozen out? Robert Hobgood, Cartersville A: It is tough to predict how cold temperatures will affect vegetables. Much depends on how the plants were preconditioned. For example, if broccoli has been...
How to use winter white for a bright, minimalist look
How to use winter white for a bright, minimalist look

White has long been viewed as a formal color, typically reserved for seldom-used living and sitting rooms. These days, those looking for a light, bright and minimalist look are choosing winter white. Unlike stark, bright white, winter white has cream and taupe properties that can serve as the ideal foundation color for a neutral color palette. If you...
More Stories