February 26th, 2014
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Paula Deen is back, y'all. She's opening a restaurant this summer at the foot of the Smoky Mountains, marking her first move back into business after a scandal derailed her many enterprises.

Deen's new restaurant and retail store will be called "Paula Deen's Family Kitchen" and located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The 20,000 square foot Southern-fried facility is the premiere enterprise to come out of her new firm, Paula Deen Ventures, which was launched just weeks ago with backing from Phoenix-based Najafi Media. It will have an operating budget of about $20 million.

The restaurant and store will be located at The Island in Pigeon Forge, a retail and entertainment mecca near Gatlinburg that features a Ferris wheel and various chain restaurants, including Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, and is close to Dolly Parton's theme park Dollywood.

Paula Deen Ventures says Pigeon Forge gets more than 10 million visitors a year.

Read - Paula Deen to open first post-scandal restaurant

Previously:
'We're sticking with Paula': Deen fans protest with butter wrappers
Paula Deen and Southern food: Critics say credit is past due
Paula Deen's upcoming cookbook canceled
Paula Deen's testimony transcript
Paula Deen issues video apology, is dropped by Food Network
Paula Deen – From the frying pan to the firestorm
Comfort food, uncomfortable topics

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  1. Arturo Féliz-Camilo

    Reblogged this on Mr. Feliz's Blog (Teacher Arturo).

    February 26, 2014 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  2. RichardHead

    Mo Butter,Ya'll or she'll start crying again.

    February 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • RC@RH

      Where've you been lately? Haven't "seen" you in days. You and Big Blue keepin' it between the lines?

      February 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Reply

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