Clifford Harris Jr., better known as Grammy-winning rapper T.I., might want to stick to his day job. The Atlanta native expanded his horizons by opening his first restaurant last year, but it appears Scales 925 is on its way out. The Downtown eatery has been served an eviction notice over unpaid rent, according to the Atlanta Daily World, and the building’s landlord is reportedly owed more than $1 million.
The eviction comes a little more than two months after former Scales 925 employees filed a lawsuit alleging unpaid wages. In the suit, the former employees claimed T.I.’s business partner Charles Hughes committed a variety of offenses, including depositing money from the restaurant into his personal bank account, causing paychecks to bounce, and forcing staff to work overtime without compensation.
Following the eviction, T.I. posted a scathing message regarding Hughes on Instagram, reports Bossip. While the post has since been deleted, a screenshot reveals the rapper described his restaurant venture as “a mistake.”
“[Hughes] is not associated with me or my company in any capacity,” T.I. wrote. “We have no dealings nor partnerships outside of my restaurant Scales 925 (which was a huge mistake in hindsight).”
An August 8 post on Scales 925’s Facebook page indicated the restaurant has come under new management, but it may be too late.