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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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Tammy Vogelgesang    

They were paid through Wednesday and got vacation pay along with two weeks severance.

200 days ago

Bubba Sattva    

TMZ Sucks! Especially the new format. I HATE the way they promote political correctness by telling everyone what is and is not acceptable speech. Political correctness was started by the Bolsheviks during the bloody Russian Revolution and I see your Useful Idiot Harvey out in front promoting Totalitarian Utopian Socialism. TMZ HATES Western Civilization and I hate TMZ.

200 days ago


Sour Grapes! How many of these employees came to Paula Deen's defense when she was accused of being racist!? Not a one! No sympathy here.

200 days ago

W. Robert Lewis    

Give Paula a break. We all have a slip of the tongue now and then just like she did. So lighten up on her.

200 days ago

Mary Harding    

What I don'tunderstand is how come no one is going after wheell of fortune for scamming hundred of people on their daily word game that people play at home to get 10 points aday for the correct puzzle solved I had 1 ,040 points and Sony rewards took them from me ,and hundreds of people so theY. couldn't win anything how come nothing is being done that's robbery

200 days ago


paula will be just fine. she's very wealthy and deservedly so. her recipes will taste the same tomorrow. delicious.

as for the blacks and racismTM rabble rousers in the media? well thats up to each individual. if you are creative, intelligent, talented, hard can make millions in this world. if you're stupid, lazy, dishonest, blame others, have a chip on your will become really angry and post comments on TMZ. Your choice.

Looking forward to the next dish Paula! My gf loves to cook your meals and I love to eat them!

200 days ago


I have never heard of a company that warns its employees that they're going to be fired. That's a terrible thing to do as it will encourage all sorts of damage to the company. Often, security is called to escort a fired person to gather personal belongings, and then out of the building sans ID and keys.

I have no dog in this fight, and am not either pro or con Paula Deen. Just saying.

199 days ago

Middle Finga U    

Cheap ass c u n t..go fuk yurself!

199 days ago


She said the N-word while being held up? I would have used a few more choice words to discribe the man that was HOLDING HER UP! Do people not get the fact she was in danger!

199 days ago

Mary Harding    

Boy I have no respect for Paua Deene anymore ,how can you treat your employees like that ,that's horrible ,oh well I truly believe what goes around comes around

198 days ago
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