Rascal Flatts Terminate Restaurant Plans Following Mobster Link
Rascal Flatts have terminated plans for a restaurant chain in their name. The country trio were set to open establishments in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Des Moines and Orlando before an exposé on the developer, Frank Capri, was published by the Arizona Republic.
Capri, an alleged mobster, has also been linked to Toby Keith’s failed restaurant chain Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill.
The Republic article shares NSFW voicemails from Capri, who walked away after collecting millions of dollars while his restaurant development plans imploded. The article states that Capri received witness protection and used his new identity to “wreak havoc on developers.”
Rascal Flatts have since severed ties with the developer, according to their publicist. "The band terminated the license agreement and is no longer in business with this company or Mr. Capri," band spokeswoman Kristie Sheppard Sloan said in a statement to The Republic.
The band first addressed their decision to halt development to fans in an Instagram post in January. “You may have noticed our name was associated with a restaurant project,” they wrote. “We ended the agreement and do not have a business relationship with the developer. They are not authorized to use our name in any way. We wanted to be transparent to our fans in case there was any confusion related to our involvement in the restaurants.”
While all restaurant plans have halted, the group continues to tour. Rascal Flatts will kick off their 2019 summer trek on May 16 with special guests Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Jordan Davis, Jimmie Allen, Morgan Evans and LoCash on various dates.