Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles Raided

Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles was raided by the Georgia Department of Revenue earlier this week.

Channel 2 Action News reports the department hit all three locations of the signature restaurant — midtown Atlanta, Lithonia and off of Cascade Road.

Knight’s son, Shanga Mitchell, runs the operation. He is at the center of a $1 million investigation, the news outlet reports.

Georgia Department of Revenue Special Investigations Chief Jeff Mitchell said neither Knight nor any other restaurant employees face criminal charges. A warrant is charging Hangerson, who owns the restaurant chains, with felonies.

“Shanga’s accused of stealing over $650,000 in both sales and witholding tax,” said Agent Josh Waites. “[With] penalties and interest, it’s up to over $1 million owed.”

According to a press release, Department of Revenue Agents executed search warrants at all Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles locations, as well as their corporate headquarters. They also attempted to serve Shanga Hankerson an arrest warrant at his home.

“It is never The Department of Revenue’s primary goal to shut down a business,” said Josh Waites, Director, of Office of Special Investigations. “We are working with Mr. Hankerson’s attorney to have the business up and running again as soon as possible.”

Laura Herlovich, Knight’s spokeswoman, said the singer was aware of the events.

“Gladys Knight lent her name to her son’s restaurants in the Atlanta area, similar to celebrity endorsement,” Herlovich said. “Ms. Knight was not involved in any way with the operation of the restaurants, and she is sure that her son and his business partners will rectify the situation.”

Officials say the restaurants could be reopened as soon as Thursday.

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Photo: Atlanta Journal Constitution