Jermaine Dupri Expands His Media Empire With Grand Opening of Café Dupri on July 12th in Atlanta

Diverse Menu Features Healthy Choices With a Southern Flavor
ATLANTA, GA — (MARKET WIRE) — 07/07/2005 — Jermaine Dupri, best known for producing and writing chart-topping songs, announces the grand opening of his first restaurant, Café Dupri, in Atlanta, GA. Located at 3133 Piedmont Avenue in the Buckhead section of town, Café Dupri officially opened for business on Monday, June 6. The hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 7:00am-2:00am and Friday and Saturday from 7:00am-4:00am.

Recently named as ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year for the 5th time, as well as receiving their prestigious “Golden Note Award,” Jermaine Dupri has shown his commitment to the Atlanta community and continues to prove with his many successes in music, production and business that he has the Midas touch. Café Dupri should be no different. “I am proud to be a part of the Atlanta community and am excited to be opening Café Dupri in the place I call home,” says Dupri. “Café Dupri has innovative, high-quality menu items that are also healthy, and of course, have a little So So Def flair.” Dupri hopes to expand Café Dupri into a franchise with locations in New York, Japan and elsewhere.

The newly built Café is 2200 square feet and opened with 39 employees. It seats 105 guests and will serve a diverse menu of nutritious choices including low carb options with a southern flavor. General Manager, Gail Matney, will oversee the location and renowned Atlanta-area Chef, Christopher B. Banks, adds his culinary expertise.

Café Dupri offers a complete casual dining menu with high-quality recipes. A full breakfast menu includes So So Def specials like Eggs Oscar, Eggs Portobello and Applewood Smoked Salmon. Lunch includes Turkey Burgers, Chicken Kabob’s, Veggini’s and the signature dish, Tomatoes Dupri (Fried Green Tomatoes w/ Blackened Crawfish). For dinner, guests can dine on Chicken Napoleon, Tuna Carpaccio and Eggplant Roulade, among other dishes. On Sunday, Cafe Dupri offers a Sunday brunch complete with complimentary mimosas.

Jermaine Dupri’s commitment to providing the best he has to offer has also been adopted by the restaurant and its employees. Café Dupri is dedicated to providing unparalleled food quality and incomparable customer service.

About Jermaine Dupri

Jermaine “JD” Dupri knows about diversity. As an executive producer, the Atlanta-based music mogul oversaw Usher’s blockbuster Confessions album, which has sold nearly 9 million copies and in 2005 earned the Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B album. As CEO of So So Def Recordings, he’s helmed the release of dozens of platinum and gold albums. As a producer and songwriter, Dupri has helped shape hits for Usher, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey and others. He’s also crafted platinum albums for himself. In 1992, when he was just 19, an age when most people are trying to figure out what to do with their lives, Dupri founded So So Def. He struck multi-platinum with Kris Kross and soon established himself as a premier R&B, rap and pop hitmaker and launching the careers of Da Brat, Bow Wow, Jagged Edge, Anthony Hamilton, J-Kwon and many more through the label and his direction. In April 2005, Dupri assumed the position of President of Black Music at Virgin Records. With all these accomplishments, it is no wonder that other entities want to be in business with Jermaine Dupri. One such company is 3 Vodka Distilling Co., a Chicago-based business that named him a partner and owner in May 2004. 3 Vodka is the only vodka in the world made from soy and Dupri has been using his knowledge of hip-hop culture and the music industry to help increase 3 Vodka’s international profile. Even with his position at Virgin, his work with 3 Vodka and the opening of Café Dupri, Jermaine is not slowing down as a producer. He co-wrote and produced the smash hits “We Belong Together,” and “It’s Like That,” which have helped catapult songbird Mariah Carey back to the top of the charts. With tens of millions of albums sold to his credit, scores of awards and a list of music industry accomplishments that are as distinguished as they are remarkable, Dupri is anxious to continue making history. He hopes to make So So Def a billion dollar company, establish 3 Vodka as the world’s premier vodka and expand Café Dupri into a franchise that has restaurants in New York, Japan and elsewhere. Dupri’s body of work represents a multi-layered approach that illustrates his visionary business acumen. This year ASCAP honored him with the R&B Songwriter of the Year Award and the Golden Note Award, for his groundbreaking achievements influencing the direction of American popular music and impacting the heart, soul and sound of pop music worldwide.

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