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    Paula Deen Restaurant at Center of Discrimination Lawsuit Closes Its Doors

    Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, Paula Deen Facebook, Robin Marchant/Getty Images

    Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, the Savannnah, Ga., restaurant owned by Paula Deen that was at the center of a discrimination lawsuit last year, is no more.

    A statement posted on the establishment's website this morning read, "Thank you for 10 great years. Uncle Bubba's is now closed."

    According to the Savannah Morning News, the closing officially took place today and that its employees "will be provided with severance based on position and tenure with the restaurant."

    It was last year when Lisa Jackson, a former employee of Uncle Bubba's, filed a lawsuit against the celebrity chef claiming she had suffered sexual harassment and other mistreatment while working at the eatery.

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    Deen was subsequently let go from The Food Network and dropped by many of her sponsors in June 2013 after she admitted to using a racial slur in a videotaped court deposition. The Georgian later apologized and said she doesn't condone racism.

    In August 2013, a federal judge signed off on a deal to dismiss the lawsuit against Deen.

    Meanwhile, it was announced earlier this year that Deen's new company, Paula Deen Ventures, had received an investment between $75 million and $100 million from Najafi Companies.

    John Najafi, who owns the Book-of-the-Month Club and BMG Music Service, said at the time that he hopes his private-equity firm can help Deen broker new deals by retiring her current business model, which sells her likeness and expertise to others.

    Steven Nanula, chief executive of Paula Deen Ventures, revealed the company is in talks with TV networks, retail chains and other possible partners.

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