UPTOWN only failed for the fact that everything in America failed. Every banking institution failed. Okay. Every mortgage company failed. There wasn’t even no dancing in Atlanta during those months so people wasn’t coming out of their house. Everybody was scared. And guess what? The first Black man ever to run for president and won was running that year. We’re in the South. It is what it is. We’re in the South. This ain’t New York. This ain’t Connecticut. This ain’t Philly. This ain’t Boston. This ain’t D.C. We’re in Atlanta, Georgia. It is what it is. People down here they might think that everything is everything. I still remember that Martin Luther King, not too long ago, 1968, was assassinated. Most of those people, they are still around; they not dead. They’re still alive and they are still running s**t.
Why BarOne works:
BarOne is a smaller venue. You don’t need 600 people like you did at UPTOWN to make it look right. BarOne, I put 80 people in here, 100 people in here. It’s a hundred percent right. The price point is lower. It’s more like a whiskey bar. It’s got 8, 9, 10 tapas on the menu. The food is right. I put my little Caribbean feel to it, because me being Jamaican and all, you can come up in here and get some rice and peas. Some fried plantains. Some jerk chicken quesadillas, jerk chicken wrap. We have an ox tails dumpling soup that’s crazy. My executive chef Natasha Wong is from Trinidad so if you like roti, oh my God, no one does it better.