Ludacris, the ever ready businessman, is about to open his new restaurant, Straits Atlanta. The grand opening event will feature a $100 a plate private dinner which will raise money for HIV and AIDS research. "Although I’ve been busy recording my new album Theatre of the Mind and finishing up my latest film, I’m happy to take one day out of my busy schedule to handle my other responsibilities," Ludacris said. "I want to touch the people before I get back on the music grind, and this is a way for me to do just that.”
After the grand opening, a second fundraiser will take place at Atlanta's Lenox Square Mall where Ludacris, his manager Chaka Zulu and R&B Singer Ciara, will be having an exclusive shopping event at the Ralph Lauren store. All proceeds will goto Luda's Ludacris Foundation. “The community and making a difference will always be a part of my life and I wouldn't have it any other way,” Ludacris said. The 2008 fundraiser marks the second year for the event, which raised more than $200,000 last year for the Foundation.