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Bobby Flay also blames Chipotle for Soul Daddy's demise

Jamawn Woods isn't the only one blaming Denver-based Chipotle for the spectacular failure of his three Soul Daddy restaurants, which closed just weeks after the Detroit resident landed the grand prize on reality-TV show America's Next Great Restaurant. Steve Ells's fellow panelist and investor, Bobby Flay, is also pointing the finger at the burrito-monger.

"It was just an unfortunate thing...once the show was over, it was really out of our hands. Chipotle was running it," the TV loudmouth personality told Eater in an interview.

The sentiment echoes Woods's accusations that Chipotle handed over crappy management teams to get Soul Daddy up and running and then didn't stay on for the year it had committed to.

Chipotle maintains that the investor group decided to shut down Soul Daddy after it generated "significant negative cash flows."

Flay also told Eater that he'd heard Woods was planning on opening a restaurant in Detroit. Chipotle will probably be happy when America's Next Great Restaurant is part of the distant past.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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