Paula Deen Restaurant at Center of Racism Scandal Shuts Down

General manager of restaurant sued Deen last year.

Posted: 04/04/2014 10:45 AM EDT
Paula Deen

The restaurant at the center of Paula Deen's crumbling empire has closed its doors, TMZ reports. Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House shut down after 10 years in business, giving no warning to longtime employees who found out the news when they showed up for work to find a padlock on the door.

Lisa Jackson, the former general manager of Uncle Bubba's, sued Deen in 2012 for sexual harassment and creating a workplace that was hostile to Black workers. In her deposition, Deen revealed she had used the N-word on multiple occasions — even though she later said she only used the slur once. As a result, Deen saw her culinary empire dissolve before her eyes in record time, starting with the cancellation of her long-running Food Network show. 

The lawsuit was dismissed after lawyers reached a deal, but not before Deen's business had taken a near-fatal blow. Uncle Bubba's is the latest casualty of Deen's actions.

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