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Reports: Paula Deen restaurant closes

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 4, 2014 at 9:02 a.m.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A wildly popular Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the reputation of famed Southern celebrity cook Paula Deen in shambles has reportedly closed.

The Savannah Morning News and WSAV television both reported Thursday that Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House announced the closure on its Facebook page. Both also cited a statement from a public relations firm representing the Savannah-based restaurant. Contact information for the firm could not be obtained immediately.

Deen co-owned the restaurant with her brother Bubba Hiers. Former restaurant manager Lisa Jackson sued them both in 2012, alleging sexual harassment and employment practices that were unfair to black workers.

The lawsuit was dismissed after lawyers reached a deal, but Deen's reputation was seriously damaged after she admitted during legal proceedings that she had used racial slurs in the past.

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JakeTidmore says... April 4, 2014 at 6:57 p.m.

The terrible thing about this reporting is that the restaurant's closing had basically nothing to do with Paula Deen's racial slurs brouhaha. Bubba's was in financial trouble (Bubba owed his sister $300,000 for a loan she gave him to help with the troubled restaurant). Bubba's was nothing more than traditional Southern cooking which was available in hundreds of other similar businesses. And, the demand for such cooking was on the wane as discerning Southern appetites sought something newer with a Southern touch.

Paula Deen has little or nothing to do with the daily running of the business. Like any personal fortune, she'll take Bubba's closure as a tax writeoff and the accountants and lawyers will already have her Southern behind well covered.

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HM2 says... April 4, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.

Jake; Please don't confuse libs with the facts or truth. It confuses them.

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JakeTidmore says... April 4, 2014 at 11:38 p.m.

You're the goob who's confused. I'm a liberal and I resent the implication you're making. And if it comes to facts/truth, I'll b**chslap raggedy-a$$ wingnuts with it every day of the week if that's what it takes to open their eyes to how asinine most of their comments are.

I tick off a lot of wingnuts because of this attitude and they can stop my flamethrower comments with one simple step: use facts, research, and scientific method. Otherwise, they're fair game.

Unless, however, it's Be Kind to Morons day, then I give them a break.

The moving finger, having write, moves on. -- Uncle Omar

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JakeTidmore says... April 4, 2014 at 11:40 p.m.

BTW -- I got the facts I cited on the issue from liberal media sources, one of them being NPR.

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