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Every Business in Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker's Incredible Empire
The Real Housewives of Atlanta couple has many successful business lines, from writing songs to restaurants.
Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker are the definition of a power couple: On top of raising a combined four children — Kandi’s daughter Riley Burruss from a previous relationship, Todd’s daughter Kayla Tucker from a previous relationship, son Ace Tucker, and daughter Blaze Tucker — The Real Housewives of Atlanta duo juggles a number of successful businesses. They include restaurants, a podcast, producing movies, and selling sex toys and and cosmetics
And that's not to mention Kandi’s singing and songwriting career: She’s already won aGrammy Award win and has recent Emmy and Tony Award nominations.
Needless to say, they’re very busy. “I was talking to Ace last night, and Ace was like, ‘Mommy, you work so much,’” Kandi shared in the May 7 episode of RHOA. “That’s crazy for a 6-year-old to say that.”
Here’s everything you need to know about Kandi and Todd’s ever-growing business empire.
Kandi Burruss' Songs for XSCAPE and Other Artists
Kandi is part of R&B group XSCAPE — which formed as a quartet in the 1990s — alongside Tameka “Tiny” Harris and real-life sisters Tamika Scott and LaTocha Scott-Bivens. After a 20-year hiatus, the group reunited, which was chronicled in the Bravo show SWV & XSCAPE: The Queens of R&B.
Kandi also has a successful song-writing career: She’s written hits for Mariah Carey, ‘NSYNC, and Usher, to name a few, and is most known for penning TLC’s “No Scrubs,” for which she won a Grammy in 2000. The same year, she launched her debut solo album featuring the hit “Don’t Think I’m Not.”
Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker's Restaurants: Old Lady Gang and Blaze
Kandi and Todd also own up two Atlanta-area restaurants, Old Lady Gang and Blaze Steak and Seafood. Old Lady Gang is dedicated to Kandi’s mother and aunts (Mama Joyce Jones, Aunt Nora Wilcox, and Aunt Bertha Jones) and was the setting for Kandi’s Bravo show, Kandi & The Gang. The Southern-style eatery (at 177 Peters St SW in Atlanta) features favorites such as seared crabcakes, hot wings, BBQ rib tips, and shrimp and grits.
Blaze Steak and Seafood (at 3752 Cascade Rd in Atlanta) is named after Kandi and Todd’s daughter, Blaze. The menu includes items such as seafood street tacos, charred oysters, crab grilled cheese, stuffed chicken, and a lobster tail with kale mash.
In Season 15 Episode 2 of RHOA, Todd hinted that he'd like to expand the couple’s restaurant portfolio in the future.
"So you ready for the Mexican restaurant?" Todd asked Kandi in the episode, to which she responded, “No.”
"I've made more money than I've ever made in my life off of restaurants,” Todd noted, suggesting that adding to their portfolio could help fund their creative endeavors.
Kandi Burruss’ Podcast: Kandi Koated Live
In 2009, Kandi launched a late-night web show, Kandi Koated Nights. Later, she brought the show about love, sex, and relationships to Bravo show, where it ran for one season in 2018.
In January, Kandi launched her Kandi Koated Live podcast, which airs on AMP. Todd serves as the executive producer for the talk show. “Producing this show with [Todd and] our team has been a lot of fun,” Kandi shared in a January 2023 Instagram post. “So many great things happening [and] more to come!”
Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker's Broadway and Movie Production Work
Before he met Kandi, Todd was working in television production. He was a production manager and producer, with his credits including Thinner (1996), Run's House (2005-2008), and Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes (2011), according to his IMDB page. He met Kandi while working as a production manager for RHOA in 2011, during the cast trip to South Africa.
The pair’s ventures also include stage production. Kandi wrote, co-produced, and starred in her own musical, A Mother’s Love, in 2014 and played the iconic role of Mama Morton in Chicago in 2018. Kandi produced a Broadway play called Thoughts of a Colored Man in 2021, and Kandi and Todd produced the Broadway revival of The Piano Lesson together in 2022.
On August 25, Kandi and Todd announced their latest movie venture, The Pass, starring Drew Sidora (as Nina) and Rob Riley (as Maurice), would stream exclusively on Peacock beginning Sunday, August 27. The film, about a married couple who gives each other one night off from fidelity, was produced by T Tucker Productions and Kandi Koated Entertainment.
Kandi Burruss' product lines include sex toys, cosmetics, and baby items
In 2011, Kandi launched her adult toy line, Bedroom Kandi. "Some toys are for couples; it's a little bedroom candy for the bedroom,” Kandi said of the launch in 2011. “Ladies, you know we have to pamper ourselves in more ways than one."
Kandi Koated Cosmetics, Kandi’s makeup line, entered the scene in 2018. The cruelty-free line includes six categories of lip products, a variety of eye shadows and eyeliners, plus, a full range of face products including BB cream, blush, bronzer, and illuminating powders.
Originally published Aug 6, 2023.