- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 3, 2014

Uncle Bubba’s Seafood & Oyster House in Savannah, owned by Paula Deen’s brother Bubba Hiers, shuttered its doors suddenly on Thursday without notifying employees.

The restaurant at the heart of the scandal surrounding Mrs. Deen reportedly did not announce its closing to employees, who showed up to work on Thursday to find the sign down and appliances being cleared out, TMZ reported.

“Thank you for 10 great years. Uncle Bubba’s is now closed,” the restaurant briefly said on its Facebook page.

“My mother worked there for over 8 years and no one called her!!! wrote one Facebook user. “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!”

“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,” said another, TMZ reported.

A lawsuit brought against Mrs. Deen and her brother last year by a former Uncle Bubba’s employee accused the chef of racial and sexual discrimination. The suit caused the chef to admit publicly to using racial epithets many years ago, which caused many advertisers to cut ties with her.

Mrs. Deen announced in February that her company Paula Deen Ventures is pouring $20 million into a new restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.