More Food Network Drama: Neelys Close Memphis Restaurants

July 8, 2013  |  

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Another of the Food Network’s stars are having some trouble, thankfully they’re no where near former FN star Paula Deen’s. The Neelys, of the popular show Down Home With the Neelys, have announced the closure of their restaurants in Memphis.

“We’re gone so much and involved in so many projects that it’s been really difficult to concentrate on the restaurants here like we need to,” Gina Neely told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. (H/t Black Enterprise)

And in a statement on their Facebook page, Patrick Neely wrote: “Gina and I want to thank you, our followers and fans for your continuous loyalty. We want to say from the bottom of our hearts how much we appreciate you. We want to share with you that we have closed the Neelys Bar B Que restaurants in Memphis, Tennessee indefinitely.”

But there may be a Deen connection that prompted the closing. According to BE, New York magazine’s food blog Grub Street openly speculated the timing of the changes in Memphis could be due to a not-yet-reported business alliance with Paula Deen.

Recently the Neelys were asked about the Deen scandal. “We were shocked and saddened to learn of the comments from Paula Deen. Racism of any kind from anyone is simply unacceptable and cannot be tolerated,” the Neelys told ET Online. “In our own relationship, Paula has shown us kindness and generosity. We trust that Paula’s apologies are sincere and hope there is a positive lesson to be learned from this situation.”

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  • Anesha Johnson

    I stopped watching The Neely’s show because the wife was so damn annoying…..her voice just made me cringe….but I adored Mr. Neely….he can come around the way any day….lol

  • Tiffany Shaw

    Smh As a chef.. I can’t stand these two. So damn fake! And their food sucks!

    • Anesha Johnson

      Ummm hmmm…lmao…

  • ItKLoooooooooo

    I live in Memphis and have only been to Neely’s BBQ a few times…. it wasn’t all that to be honest with you. I’ve had better at backyard bbq’s.

    On the other hand, Paula Deen’s restaurant in Tunica, MS was the entire isshhhh! I’m really sad to see the establishment shut down. I’ve always had a enjoyable experiences each time I went there.

  • kierah

    As far as I know, the restaurant in NY is still open. I’m going to drop by while I can 🙂

  • Patricia

    Thank God the Neelys were not involved in a scandal. I hope it they be smart and keep it like that.

  • Beejcee

    It is good to know Ms. Deen apologized to them!