Reviewed by: Pat Byington
An iconic spot on the Gulf Coast officially closed on January 3, 2024, much to locals’ surprise. Keep reading for all the details on the closing of Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in OWA Parks & Resort.
The statement from OWA on Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen closing
After the abrupt, shocking closing, OWA issued the following statement to local media outlets:
“Our commitment remains focused on continually enhancing the offerings at OWA to create a vibrant, diverse environment for our guests. Therefore, after deep and careful consideration, it was decided to close Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen at OWA, effective January 3, 2024. The Foley, AL, location of Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen was independently owned by OWA.
During this time of transition, we have been committed to actively assisting those affected employees by providing guidance and support. This has included providing options for new employment opportunities within other areas on our property, at our other Tribal-owned businesses, and through local employment resources.
While this marks the end of an era, it also ushers in a new and thrilling chapter as we continue to transform the west end of Downtown OWA. A new attraction is coming to this space and it is slated to open Summer 2024. We look forward to the positive impact this new attraction will bring to our collective success.”OWA, via Fox 10 News + Gulf Coast Media
More closings across Alabama
While we’re hopeful about 2024, it’s admittedly been a rough start for businesses across the state. The New Year brought several closure announcements across the state, including some unique small business in Huntsville and Birmingham:
- Huntsville’s Fusion BBQ is set to close this month.
- Birmingham’s iconic Queen’s Park bar closed on December 30, 2023.
- The Bakingtist, a unique Huntsville bakery, is closing on January 7, 2024.
- Five Points South in Birmingham lost Urban Parc, a restaurant, bar and event venue, on December 31, 2023.
- Birmingham’s first selfie museum, The Pixel Room, is closing in January 2024.
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