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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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46.

aaron1one1    

www.mugshotmugz.com for some real news

169 days ago
47.

pepperpatch23    

Good for her! No one supported her when the chips were down...she owes them nothing!

169 days ago
48.

Kaveman    

Serves those rats right for biting the hand that fed them.

169 days ago
49.

parrochie    

I guess no one EVER called us "white honkeys" ? ?

pretty crappy way to close though......

169 days ago
50.

William G Jochimsen    

How sad that this talented women has been painted as as racist when she never was. Only hope is that the folks who were so willing to condemn her for something never proven will be the ones most hurt by the closing. Hopefully Paula will be able to move on and continue to give her fabulous cooking advice.

169 days ago
51.

O'Snap    

That's how I found out my job of 14 years was over (in 2008). REALITY CHECK: When a company tells you "We're a family" — DO NOT BELIEVE THEM!!! BELIEVING THAT YOUR HARD WORK AND LOYALTY WILL BE REWARDED AND RETURNED IS A FANTASY! YOU MEAN NOTHING TO THEM!

169 days ago
52.

Me    

Check out the statement on the Uncle Bubba's closure below:

"Since its opening in 2004, Uncle Bubba's Oyster House has been a destination for residents and tourists in Savannah, offering the region's freshest seafood and oysters. However, the restaurant's owner and operator, Bubba Heirs, has made the decision to close the restaurant in order to explore development options for the waterfront property on which the restaurant is located. At this point, no specific plans have been announced and a range of uses are under consideration in order realize the highest and best use for the property.
The closing is effective today, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Employees will be provided with severance based on position and tenure with the restaurant. All effort will be made to find employees comparable employment with other Savannah restaurant organizations."

-Jaret Keller, Deen Spokesperson

169 days ago
53.

Bo    

Man oh man...this Dean woman. What a dishonest, dishonorable woman she is without even an inkling of common decency. To close shop and not have the dignity to have someone call the employees to let them know is such a clear indication of this woman's self-obsession and self-centered behavior. I wouldn't let her do my laundry or take out my trash. Even the name of her joint is disgusting.

169 days ago
54.

WDJohnson    

Love the hate spewed here by some of you ignorant folks. Punks like Jamie Foxx can say he enjoyed "killing whites" in a movie and everyone laughs, but you s*** bags nail this woman to the cross for alleged comments from years ago. Get a life you racist idiots. You're all cowards.

169 days ago
55.

think101    

Love the way some of you try to act like the N word was all she did. She totally humiliated African Americans trying to be funny and I'm glad they closed down.

169 days ago
56.

Nick    

I dont get the outrage. They all went to the press to bash her and her restaurant. They got it plenty of bad press, now theyre surprised that it closed down? What did they expect? Heres a quick FYI, when bars or restaurants are planning to close down, they NEVER give their employees notice because they figure it will open them up for theivery. Most restaurants do this. Its nothing new.

169 days ago
57.

flobrooks    

So you sue her and try to put the owner of the business where you worked out of business for something she might have said 30 (thirty years) ago about a thug who robbed her. It came back to bite you in the A$$, Well you got what you wanted, the place is closed and your job is gone.

169 days ago
58.

robert    

I hope every American that owns a Company closes thier doors to show the idiot Liberal/Progressive/Dummycrats who owns this Nation. It is not the Govt., it is the people. Especially the people who work for a FING living , not the S***BAG Dummycrat's who sponge off of the worker's.

169 days ago
59.

southsidequeen    

Give this woman a break. Forgive. Is it not 2014? There are racists on all sides. That is not going to change. You can take everything this woman has, black people are still going to be called the N word by somebody.

169 days ago
60.

RealRJ    

So it goes. Move on.

169 days ago
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