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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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Sonny42    

Does this mean I have to get butter infused products sew here else WTF!!!

114 days ago
17.

Black Adam    

All of this would of been avoided if she just said she was sorry and then shut up and pretend like nothing happened. Her telling her bodyguard to step away from a black board because she can't see him because he was the color of it was definitely Racist.

114 days ago
18.

Sonny42    

Somewhere else damn autocorrect

114 days ago
19.

Cookie35    

The way this lady treated ppl, she should be treated the same ways...

114 days ago
20.

Sheldon Siegel    

Severence was a stick of butter.

114 days ago
21.

Marvin    

I like Paula Deen. She had a rough life and unlike some that just live off the government and complain about being left out and whinning all the time when out and worked hard and now has a good life.

114 days ago
22.

Tracy    

Unfortunately, I think this is all too common in the restaurant biz. A restaurant next to my office did this to their employees on Easter Sunday! That said, commonplace or not, when you are as high-profile as Paula Deen, and have staff who have been employed for as long as these people have, this is especially bad form. Shame on them!

114 days ago
23.

zombie    

Oh boo hoo. Everyone crying about the employees getting the shaft. This is what happens when you bring a brand and company down, they lose money and close. If the place was such a horror to work at, why did the employees stay? If the family sucks so badly, why remain in their employ? There ARE other service/food industry jobs out there. The employees wanted it shut and Deen to suffer. Mission accomplished. Instead of crying they should be celebrating with their unemployment benefits and join the millions of other unemployed Americans. No sympathy here.

114 days ago
24.

Mare    

Unless these accusations were made by an actual employee. Not the daughter or fiancé, I call BS.

114 days ago
25.

Donna    

Good! Glad to see this, but, once again, this shows how much respect they had for their employees to where they found out they were unemployed via Facebook.

114 days ago
26.

zombie    

Was everyone bitching when Flava Flav shut his restaurants down with no notice due to the economic down turn? Double standards.

114 days ago
27.

yearight    

seams like its allways a race thing with tmz now

114 days ago
28.

Chgome    

That racist family is now selling furniture, I saw a Paula deen collection furniture on the food Network. I am boycotting The Food Network until they get her of the network. They scream racist bigots, go to Duck Dynasty

114 days ago
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mom in midwest    

That kind of stuff happens all the time, happened to me once. Showed up for work, found a closed sign. Doesn't make it right. But do you really expect that the company is going to give notice that they're closing? "Oh hey, you won't have a job after next week, but we still expect you to give good service to customers until then....". Yeah right. It would be nice if a manager called them, but guess what? They lost their job too.

114 days ago
30.

WowUrDumb    

It would have been funny if the restaurant was called "Uncle Toms."

114 days ago
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