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nouveau Restaurant Owner Opens 2nd Location in Jonesboro Georgia

Owner Ebony Austin receives Proclamation from the Mayor of Jonesboro declaring July 25th Official “Ebony Austin Day” for all her work in the community through philanthropy.

City Manager Ricky L Clark, Mayor Joy B Day, Owner Ebony Austin

The City of Jonesboro will truly be changed forever after the Grand Opening of Nouveau @ Broad Street in Jonesboro, GA. The opening of this restaurant is part of the ‘Broad Street Project’ to bring Black businesses back to downtown Jonesboro. On July 25th we entered the building of the new restaurant (after we made a pit stop at the Stella Rosa Wine truck for samples of their new flavors); but once we were checked in we couldn’t help but notice that on the wall was a beautiful media mural that captured the moments from the beginning of Owner Ebony Austin’s journey from Chicago to the historical city of College Park on Main street where she birthed her first official Nouveau Bar & Grill location. We spotted “The Producer’s Channel TV’ on the wall and we were totally not only caught off guard but honored that our work of recognizing amazing restaurants had not gone unnoticed. We were truly grateful and honored.

Host of the evening Yung Joc stops by the Stella Rosa Pop Up Tasting Bar
Guest, NIVEA, Jazzy B

The VIP escort/bodyguard ushered us into the VIP room where we were served Grey Goose Essence cocktails (Strawberry & Lemonade), and delicious cupcakes. The location used to be a firehouse but the way they transformed the building was truly amazing. Looking out the glassdoors there was a beautiful stage & a lawn filled with tables and people who were so excited to be in this black owned venue which truly represented Black Excellence.

Jonesboro High School Band ; Photo Credit 24 Megapixels
Nouveau Owner Ebony Austin, Band Director

The show started with an amazing performance by the Jonesboro High School Band. Afterwards the Owner of Nouveau, a beautiful Black female business woman Ebony Austin presented the Jonesboro High School Band leader with a check for the band for $5000.00. The team was so elated. They also had a special announcement: They were invited to perform at the White House for 4th of July celebration in 2022.

After the Mayor totally shocked everyone reading the Proclamation from the City of Jonesboro to Ebony Austin and stating that July 25th will Officially be ‘Ebony Austin Day’ in the city of Jonesboro. There wasn’t a dry eye on the stage or in the audience as everyone was truly surprised of the growth of this Southside of Chicago native business woman. Congratulations Ebony!

Nivea – Photo Credit 24 Pixels

Now it was time for the real show to begin: BET’s Encore cast member Nivea opened up the show and she looked amazing! There was a little mic trouble but she just kept right on singing. Next up was the singer RL, formerly of the group NEXT. RL took us right down memory lane with songs we love love to sing. From hits he wrote ending with “WIFEY”. Then we learned a fun fact that ‘Lil Mo’ was actually singing background.

RL Singer
Lil Mo sings Happy Birthday to Nouveau Owner’s Sister

The night ended with an amazing performance by ‘ Lil Mo’. I almost forgot Lil Mo was a triple threat! She’s not only an amazing singer and rapper, Lil Mo is an all around entertainer/radio host with personality bursting through the ceiling. After her dynamic performance Yung Joc ‘the MC’ of the night, kindly took the mic back and called Ms. Shyneka to the stage. Joc challenged Ms Shyneka to a friendly karaoke contest & I think Joc might have won that round esp since Ms Shyneka was lipsynching . Next they found someone in the audience who was having relationship issues to prove “The Love Doc Joc” was real with his advice.

JONESBORO, GEORGIA – JULY 25: Radio personality MzShyneka and Yung Joc attend Nouveau Bar & Grill Celebrity Grand Opening at Nouveau Bar & Grill on July 25, 2021 in Jonesboro, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Before we end this article, we can’t forget to mention the food was absolutely amazing! It was being passed out all night long. There was the Spinach Dip, Chicken & Waffles, Shrimp, Salmon, Crab meat & Grits, and Buffalo Shrimp w Blue Cheese were the samples the guests got to choose from. Rave reviews were coming from people all around as the table talk banter continued all night long.

Everyone thought that Volvo Cars of Marietta had their XC60 Black 2021 vehicle out on the side of the stage as a give away prize. I soon realized it was one of the branded sponsors for the event. Oh what an amazing night. Please check out the photos in the gallery.

WeTV Reality Star Lyric (Beyond the Pole) , Lil Mo (Singer & Rap Artist)

Tapas restaurant “SLUSH” on Edgewood hosts private Sneak peek soft opening

Guests were given a COVID friendly greeting with hand sanitizer and temperature checks at the door. According to the Press Release by publicist Diane Larche , the HVAC was upgraded with a new high-tech UV lighting and air-purifying filtration system which was created to reduce indoor odors and kill volatile organic compounds and other biological contaminants such as mold, bacteria, and viruses (including the virus that causes COVID-19). Masks are required when not eating or drinking.

Dennis mckinley set to open CRU HEMP LOUNGE in Houston

Minutes after the Houston Eater posted an article expressing how 2020 was a “devastating year for Houston’s restaurant industry” ; news also broke that Dennis McKinley will continue his Houston takeover with the opening of CBD-focused lounge in Downtown.

In August of 2020 McKinley also opened an Original Hot Dog Factory in Houston and he appears to be setting up double shops in cities worldwide. The CRU LOUNGE is very popular in Atlanta. One decade ago the first CRU LOUNGE opened and 2020 seems to be the year that McKinley has been on franchise fire.

Atlanta just opened a new CRU Lounge on Edgewood open 7 days a week until 4am. The streets of Edgewood are known for heavy foot traffic. Restaunteur Pinky Cole also opened a new Slutty Vegan location on Edgewood as well. Apparently this is one of the restaurant row hotspots in the streets of Atlanta.

Best wishes to Dennis McKinley from the Producers Channel. We also got wind that CRU Lounge will be opening a location in Washington DC on inauguration day on 316 H Street January 21, 2021. “Don’t meet us there,” says McKinley.

Congrats for an outstanding year in business.

nouveau bar and grill owner Ebony Austin speaks on teaching your staff how to boss up during a pandemic

Nouveau Bar & Grill Photo Credit Ebony Austin

Nouveau Bar & Grill CEO, Ebony Austin, takes pride in celebrating her one-year anniversary in Atlanta on Oct. 24, 2020. Austin shared three techniques she implements in her daily regimen that allows her to “weather the storm” on any occasion. These tools were very essential during Atlanta’s shutdown in March and April and essentially prepared her to re-open in phases with COVID-19 restrictions specific to the restaurant business.

The rolling out AM Wake-uptalk show recently invited Austin to discuss the importance of leadership, adaptability and how she’s navigating through this pandemic successfully amidst the new restaurant dine-in experience.

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