Restaurant at Center of Paula Deen’s Racism Controversy Closes
Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House, the Georgia restaurant whose manager ended up kickstarting the racism scandal that led to Paula Deen’s downfall last summer, announced yesterday that it would close after ten years of operation.
While it’s unclear whether the closure is directly tied to the scandal, which began when a general manager accused Deen’s brother Earl “Bubba” Hiers of racist and sexist comments, it nevertheless remains a casualty of Deen’s racist statements from the suit’s deposition, which leaked last year and caused the celebrity chef to lose tens of millions in endorsement deals and television opportunities (and turned her into the subject of a Law & Order: SVU episode).
The restaurant’s website thanked its customers for “10 great years” and according to a statement given to WTOC, Hiers and the Deen family will “explore development options for the waterfront property on which the restaurant is located.” Deen herself isn’t hurting for money: last month, she received over $75 million from a venture capitalist to rebuild her brand.
[h/t Grub Street]