According to Eater, Soul Daddy issued a statement that said the restaurant was closing because it just wasn't performing as hoped. And that's unfortunate, since a team of fast-casual gurus -- Ells made his decision to invest in Soul Daddy with Bobby Flay, Curtis Stone and Lorena Garcia -- were theoretically at owner Jamawn Woods's disposal for figuring out how to keep the place open.
When we talked to Woods back when the show was on the air, he told us he'd secured another job... so maybe he's returning to that?
While this venture comes to a close, Ells is getting ready to open his own new chain, ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, in Washington, DC. So maybe THAT'S America's next great restaurant.
Or maybe it'll be contestant Eric Powell's grilled cheese shop, which he tells us he'll start working on here in Denver once his contract with NBC allows him to.
America's Next Great Restaurant, by the way, won't have a next season.