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Paula Deen

Restaurant at Center of Racism Scandal

Shuts Down

4/3/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Paula Deen Restaurant Closes

Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House -- the place where Paula Deen's empire crumbled -- just closed for good, and the way employees found out is just shocking.

The company did NOT tell its employees in an open meeting or face-to-face.  The workers showed up this morning only to find the sign down and appliances being removed from the joint. 

The only explanation was posted on the restaurant's Facebook page this morning -- "Thank you for 10 great years. Uncle Bubba's is now closed."

People were pissed off, including one woman who says,  "My mother worked there for over 8 years and no one called her!!! My fiance also worked there no one called him, in fact a UB manager called him LAST NIGHT to get his availability for next week!"

Another wrote, "My mother put in some hard work for years with you & she finds out when she shows up for work this morning to be escorted by a police officer to get her belongings."

You may recall ... the GM of Bubba's sued Paula ... and during her depo Paula recounted the story where she once used the N word to describe an African American man who held her up.

We reached out to Deen's rep ... so far, no word back.

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136.

kenlee    

Seems that the people spoke very loudly to her on this issue, and the answer is zero tolerance for her brand of intolerance.

210 days ago
137.

kenlee    

This seems to be the standard operating procedure fior republican run small business, work the employees until the very last day possible, paying them as little as possible and then close without warning, screwing over the employee leaving them with no job, no income and no time to even find another job.

210 days ago
138.

ELC    

I guess being low-lives runs in the family. Wonder if her sons take after Paula and Uncle Bubba?. Not nice how they treated their employees-they should have been given a heads up. Especially employees who have stuck by you. Shame on this family-they are disgraceful. Just when I was beginning to forgive Paula-I think my low opinion of her stays now.

210 days ago
139.

Lady Lexie    

Paula Deen is a fraud. For years, she touted her greasy, fried food when she was a diabetic. Also, she used racial slurs. Too bad, because I do love Southern cooking.

210 days ago
140.

M R    

Not surprising. An employee sued her for racism because she used the N word against a N who held her up. That tainted her reputation so she responded by firing her employees who apparently were ungrateful. Paul Deen is a lovely person. She promoted and helped introduce black cooks to the food network and she was treated unfairly. She has a right to be resentful and if the employees want to blame someone, blame the GM who sued Paula and ruined her reputation.

210 days ago
141.

M R    

Paul Deen used the N word to describe an N who robbed her? That's the definition of an N! Even blacks use that word to describe thugs and s*** who rob people!

210 days ago
142.

Sophie Tucker    

Please, whats the big deal about saying the n------------- word , we all have one time or another. Leave Polly D alone.. We,ve all been called something we didn't like. at least once in our life. Worry about getting jobs, and food and homes for people, who have nothing Get a grip people.

210 days ago
143.

spike    

He who cry's racist the loudest is often the worst racist of all.We hate what is in us.

210 days ago
144.

BUD    

HAD PAULA BEEN WISE ENOUGH WITH HER MASSIVE FORTUNE BEHINE HER, SHE COULD HAVE OFFERED $1000 PER YEAR OF SERVICE AS A SEVERENCE PAY, AND ALL THE EMPLOYEES WOULD INSTEAD CALL HER AUNT PAULA. SHE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE TOO BRIGHT.

210 days ago
145.

Maire    

About that fall out. Apparently she FELL into $75,000,000. At least theat is the amount a venture capitalist just invested in her.

210 days ago
146.

k    

The wages of sin. She treated her employees like slaves and continued to do it even when she closed. Paula, the con is over.

210 days ago
147.

Henrysmomma34    

Believe it or not but most restaurants close their doors this way. It's the nature of the business.

210 days ago
148.

LastOfADyingBreed    

Paula Dean's obesity still hasn't killed her yet... oops better not jinx it

210 days ago
149.

donald keith    

Politically Correct , how's that working for you. we all say things in heated moments, you go Paula, close them down and no word is needed! good for you, its called KARMA !

210 days ago
150.

Nettie    

If I had a 1/4 of an ounce of respect for Paula Deen, it's gone.I What a disgusting way to let people know they are out of a job.

210 days ago
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