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Apr 4, 2014 11:23 AM

Paula Deen's latest headlines......and this is just bad business

I'm really starting to be so over her already. Paula and her brother close her restaurant, lock the doors, don't tell any of the employees. Classy move there Paula, can we get rid of her now?

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  1. Don't go away mad, or weeping uncontrollably Paula, just go away!

    1. Well they did at least give out severance. That's a lot more than most restaurants that close abruptly do.

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      1. re: SaraAshley

        Saying and doing are two different things. I bet we haven't heard the last of this.

        1. re: SaraAshley

          exactly. restaurants get shuttered with no advance warning every day. The severance is huge. Not many restaurants do that, usually the help is getting bouncing past paychecks. We can bash paula all we want but I don't think this is bash worthy

        2. I thought it was common to close without notice to employees. Paula's no different, I guess.
          I've heard of owners that close and no one gets severance, so at least they got paid.

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          1. re: monavano

            It's not uncommon in the industry to close without prior notice because nobody want's to dine in a restaurant that's on it's way out. However one would think that when you are living under the microscope as Paula and her team are, that you would have a little more common sense than to do something like this, and receive this kind of attention.

            As I stated in my other comment, it say's they will receive severance, now we have to see if they actually do.

            1. re: jrvedivici

              Paula is under a microscope and her every move gets scrutinized.
              At some points, it seems to turn into a witch hunt.

              It's a shame her restaurant had to close, but they employed many people for many years, and that's a good thing.

              1. re: jrvedivici

                According to the linked article a newspaper is reporting that severance checks were being handed out in the parking lot

                <<The Savannah Morning News reported that employees were collecting their severance checks in the parking lot.>>

                1. re: foodieX2

                  You are correct, I was basing it off their Facebook page which stated;

                  "The closing is effective today, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Employees will be provided with severance based on position and tenure with the restaurant" makes it seem as if they had not done it yet. Personally handing them out in the parking lot sounds rather odd to me.

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    I think they did that so those who arrived to closed doors would be paid immediately. Actually kind of smart, nothing the press likes more is disgruntled employees.

            2. Actually it's probably good business. The restaurant apparently was in trouble a long time before the lawsuit and was being kept afloat by Paula Deen Enterprises. ABC News reports Uncle Bubba's owed PDE about $300,000. We ate there about 5 years ago, the closing is no loss except the jobs.