Rapper 2 Chainz is finally expanding his restaurant chain, Esco Restaurant and Tapas, after settling a 2020 lawsuit filed by the family of late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
The Escobar family had sued 2 Chainz for $10 million in intellectual property damages. The restaurant’s original name was Escobar Restaurant and Tapas, and included images of Escobar in the establishment. They accused 2 Chainz of using Escobar’s name and likeness at his two restaurants in Georgia and on websites, social media accounts and merchandise associated with the venue. The lawsuit was reportedly settled for $15,000.
According Vibe magazine, the next restaurant will open in Columbus, Ohio, followed by two more in Dallas and Memphis. The website also has a “coming soon” mention for a Chicago location.
2 Chainz thanked his business partner Mychel “Snoop” Dillard for helping him launch the new restaurants after overcoming all legal disputes with Escobar’s family.
“[Mychel] is one of the people who really eased my transition into this hospitality space because originally my introduction to the space was real estate,” Chainz told the Franchise hours. “I own properties and land and stuff like that. So it merged with his passion and mine and made me very comfortable in this space that has been going on for six years now.
Some of the Esco Restaurant menu items and tapas include mustard brown sugar salmon with saffron orzo and spinach, twin lobster tails with stone ground cheese grits and tomato coulis, and seafood linguini with rosemary cream sauce.
A section of the Esco Restaurant and Tapas website contains information on franchising opportunities. Requirements include $150,000 in liquid assets, two years of tax returns, three months of bank statements and a minimum credit score of 680.