Paula Deen's brother closes restaurant, fails to tell employees - WKRN News 2

Paula Deen's brother closes restaurant, fails to tell employees


The restaurant surrounded in scandal and owned by Paula Deen's brother Earl "Bubba" Hiers, Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House in Savannah, Ga., shut its doors Thursday without telling its employees.

Employees arrived at the restaurant Thursday for work only to find closed doors and a roadblock, Savannah Morning News reported.

A lawsuit was brought against Deen and her brother last year after a former employee accused the chef of racial and sexual discrimination.

"Thank you for 10 great years. Uncle Bubba's is now closed," the restaurant announced on its Facebook page.

The Facebook announcement has caused outrage among those connected to the restaurant and members of the community, reaching over 200 comments.

"My mother worked there for over 8 years and no one called her," a Facebook user wrote. "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!"

A New York-based public relations firm, The Key Group, issued a statement Thursday morning regarding the restaurant's abrupt close.

"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," the firm said. "However, the restaurant's owner and operator, Bubba Hiers, has made the decision to close the restaurant in order to explore development options for the waterfront property on which the restaurant is located."

According to the firm, employees will be provided severance based on position and tenure with the restaurant. In addition, efforts will be made to help employees find comparable employment.

*Savannah Morning News contributed to this story.

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