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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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Jennifer    

That's terrible to show up at your job and to find out you don't have one. She should have given them at least a month's notice!

201 days ago
32.

Sonja    

Just goes to show what kind of person her and her brother are... they don't give a flying flip about anyone, especially their employers which is were this whole mess started.. NOT THE N-WORD... but how they treated their employees.

201 days ago
33.

Sillywilly    

Considering what she's been through, you would THINK they would have more tact--even for selfish reasons like no more bad press for HER. Hello.

201 days ago
34.

Sillywilly    

Here comes the spin from 'sources'.

201 days ago
35.

Sherms    

This happened at a local Golden Corral that is right by me as well. Employees came to work only to find a note on the door that said - Closed for Business. Seems like a very classless way to handle things, but apparently it happens!

201 days ago
36.

Coupe09    

"Thank you for 10 great years. Uncle Bubba's is now closed." LOL SMH PAULA YOU A MESS GIRL.

201 days ago
37.

KicksandGiggles    

That is def messed up. Paula Deen knows darn well she has mega millions - I hope she hooked up the employees with a decent severance package. But wait, that would require brains..... nevermind.

201 days ago
38.

lakergirl    

They dont care. After all the crap they just went thru they could care less about them. They have their $$ & still making more. This was their payback for those that spoke up!

201 days ago
39.

Jibtaco    

Their anger is misplaced: the woman who created this false scandal is the one to blame. I said from the very beginning that Paula Deen would not feel the effects of this malicious law suit...the workers would be the ones to lose their jobs....and so it goes.

201 days ago
40.

John Hatton    

It is just disgusting what happened to this woman in the name of political correctness and Media BS!

201 days ago
41.

Richie Rich     

It's sad that Paula was ruined by the media portraying her as a racist, but never mentioned the context in which it was used. I think any person who was just help up by an African American in the 80's would have used the "N" word to describe them. Today is a different story. I'm sure Paula has bettered many African Americans lives through employing them at her restaurants. Unsuccessful Americans are jealous of the successful Americans and will do anything to ruin them these days.

201 days ago
42.

Meanie    

big deal, many restaurants end up going belly up, many employees find out the very same way. Nothing to see here, move on.

201 days ago
43.

Dee Kat    

Another example of the little guy gettin screwes by the rich. With all her $ she can't give her faithful employees a few months of pay till they get another job

201 days ago
44.

Truth    

Aw, TMZ is sad and bitter that Paula Deen has went on her merry way and your pithy lynching attempts don't matter.

201 days ago
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Truth    

"Paula recounted the story where she once used the N word to describe an African American man who held her up." --- Yeah, you should be polite to people that rob you if they are not a white guy. That a PC Gestapo command.

201 days ago
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