Paula Deen shuts down restaurant without telling employees

Paul Deen and her ridiculously pathetic brother Bubba Hier shuttered ‘Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House’ and included in employees’ severance checks, which were collected in the parking lot, was a message, “Thank you for 10 great years. Uncle Bubba’s is now closed.”

So far so good, except employees that stood in the parking lot of the business that was the center of Deen’s racism scanda in 2013, were unaware the business was closing until they were greeted with that message of gratitude for the work their dedicated work.

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A privately hired off duty police officer stood outside the restaurant.

With the doors already locked, this statement was left on their Facebook page:

“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. However, the restaurant’s owner and operator, Bubba Heirs, has made the decision to close the restaurant in order to explore development options for the waterfront property on which the restaurant is located. At this point, no specific plans have been announced and a range of uses are under consideration in order realize the highest and best use for the property.

The closing is effective today, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Employees will be provided with severance based on position and tenure with the restaurant. All effort will be made to find employees comparable employment with other Savannah restaurant organizations.”

-Jaret Keller, Deen Spokesperson

How very sweet.

Savannah Now reports:

 In Hiers’ deposition in 2013 he testified that he frequently viewed pornography on company-owned sites at work and had a history of cocaine use and alcohol abuse. He admitted taking money from the restaurant in 2010 — allegedly as much as $25,000 to $30,000 a month, a practice Deen eventually discovered. He said his sister was in control of the business but it was never a big moneymaker.

Hiers testified, “The company had never shown a lot of profit.”

How I read that: Cocaine is expensive.

 Jezebel reports, “Heirs’ statement paints the closing as a chance to flip the waterfront property, but it’s sure conveniently timed, with an investor having recently filled Deen’s pockets for a comeback. Maybe she figures she’s got a better shot at securing the country’s forgiveness if she cuts her idiot Bubba brother loose.”

Maybe it’s too easy to paint Deen as a racist because she actually treats all people equally like crap, as long as they’re not wealthy.

Comments on the closing which are no longer on Facebook:

My mother worked there for over 8 years and no one called her!!! My fiance also worked there no one call him, in fact a UB manager called him LAST NIGHT to get his availability for next week! Its s shame how the employees of UB were treated!!

They didnt even tell the staff they closed. Staff shows up with a closed sign and appliances being taken out. Even employees that were there for almost 8 years plus didnt even receive a single notification. Such a cowardly way to close down.

Via: Business Insider, Jezebel, WSAV, Savannah Now.

  • Billy Jackson

    That’s always an endearing way to start a comeback.

    • http://www.the-pet-butler.com Sherrie Roberts

      It could have gotten to the point that it was the only way to get brother out of the corporate picture. None of us know the background family interfaces. He was clearly stealing from the corporation. This may have been here only resort. NONE of us know.

      • Billy Jackson

        We don’t know, but we do know she’s an idiot.

      • majii

        “None of us know the background family interfaces. He was clearly stealing from the corporation.”

        Isn’t it a contradiction to claim that “none of us know the background family interfaces,” and then say, “he was clearly stealing from the corporation?”

        Sounds like it to me, since it’s a conflict to claim no one knows anything for certain, and then present info which indicates that you do know Bubba was stealing from the corporation!

  • tiredoftea

    In other news, butter futures plunged precipitously causing a panic in the commodities dairy market.

    • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

      Butter is her favorite color. Also: Plaid.

      • http://www.the-pet-butler.com Sherrie Roberts

        again, if you didn’t like her recipes, you certainly didn’t have to make them, nor watch her program. She’s a southern cook, as I am.

        • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

          Thanks for letting me know that I don’t have to use her recipes!

          • tiredoftea

            IKR! We haz choices!

          • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

            Who knew until Sherrie told us!?!

          • tiredoftea

            No kidding! I was seriously depressed about how few choices I’ve truly had in my life, and BAM!! Sherrie solves all that for me! You know, if she cooks half as well as Paula, I’ma gonna ask her to marry me!

          • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

            I’m so glad that Sherrie is pro-choice!

          • tiredoftea

            Me, too! Think she’d let me rub her with butter?

          • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

            It’s her choice!

          • tiredoftea

            Good point, she’s pro-choice!

    • http://www.the-pet-butler.com Sherrie Roberts

      If you didn’t like her recipes, you didn’t have to make them, nor did you have to buy her magazines, or watch her show. She’s a southern cook, and so am I.

      • tiredoftea

        So, I’m guessing that she’s as intolerant and humorless as you? Time to up your butter doses, there Sherrie.

  • mea_mark

    I wonder when Bubba Heirs found out about the closing? I bet he is going to be really disappointed not to have a way to support his habits. I hope Paula Deen does help out these employees who are probably a victim of very bad management.

  • Michelle Par

    This is classless and immoral, in my opinion, but it is also hardly rare. Talk to anyone in the food service industry and they’ve either had it happen to them, or know someone that it happened to. I know several people who have experienced this kind of employment ‘termination’.

    • TBonePickens

      From what you are saying this is a risk you take when you choose to work in this industry. Perhaps if the practice is so pervasive the employees should either start their own business or not have chosen to work in one that has such a high rate of failure. This may not sound nice, but the world is not and has never been a particularly nice place.

      • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

        With so many unemployed there aren’t always choices in where a person works. Yes, it doesn’t sound nice because you’re supporting Deen’s actions which show disdain for her employees, some of which have worked for her for years.

        • mea_mark

          I am willing to wait and see if Deen’s employees really get help finding good new jobs before I pass judgement. Sometimes business decisions can be really tough to make, as it appears here to be. If Bubba was a perpetual disaster always looking for new ways to scam to fulfill a habit, this may have been the best decision. It does however fall on Deen’s shoulders to be responsible and to help the ex employees secure new good jobs. If Deen fails at that and is just throwing them away like used up merchandise then … Well let’s just say I hope any new comeback she has coming up is a complete and utter disaster.

          • Michelle Par

            Deen has several restaurants in the Savannah area, I think. If she really wanted to help her employees, there are probably openings in her other places, where people could be placed.

      • tiredoftea

        I’m sure that you’re going to make it nicer for them by funding your grand plans for their new restaurants?

  • cheesemaster

    This has happened to me a few times in the software industry. Why is it news in this case? Is it because we’re not supposed to like Paula Deen? What’s severance? Never had that before.

    • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

      It’s called respect. You don’t let your employees find out what’s going on by finding the doors locked.

      • http://www.the-pet-butler.com Sherrie Roberts

        It could be that Paula was protecting her investment and this was the only way it could be approached. Maybe she knew that bro would go balistic if there had been notice given to him. Who knows. I don’t think Dean is the monster that everybody makes her out to be. I think somebody got it in for her, and dug and dug until they came up with the, what…10-year old racist statement? Hell, I’VE made racial statements in the past, which I am quite sorry for now, because I matured and grew emotionally and morally.

        • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

          She probably wants to shake her idiot brother off because she has a new lucrative contract.

          • tiredoftea

            Sherrie knows these things because she’s also a southern cook. They know things.

          • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

            She’s Southern unlike me who was raised – wait for it – in the South.

          • tiredoftea

            So, I can rub butter on you?

          • http://FreakoutNation.com/ Anomaly 100

            I’m already unclean (see recent post) so why not.

          • tiredoftea

            Well, if you’re unclean then it’s gotta be margarine.

    • http://www.the-pet-butler.com Sherrie Roberts

      Severance is money paid on top of what the company owes in wages, a “here’s a little extra help” payment. Nice that they did that. I do think the employees deserved a little notice though.

      • mea_mark

        With Deen’s contacts they need good jobs. She can and should honestly help them.

  • Addie Corn

    What a despicable way to do business.
    Don’t worry, the Karma cafe will be waiting to seat these two.
    No menu, you get just what you deserve!!!!