SAVANNAH, Ga. ó A spokesman for Paula Deenís family has confirmed that a Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the celebrity chefís reputation in shambles has closed its doors.

Spokesman Jaret Keller said in a statement that Uncle Bubbaís Oyster House in Savannah closed Thursday.

Keller said owner and operator Bubba Hiers, who is Deenís brother, decided to close the business to explore development options for the waterfront property. Keller said a range of uses are being considered.

The restaurant opened in 2004. Deen co-owned it with Hiers, who oversaw daily operations. Former manager Lisa Jackson sued them both in 2012, saying she worked in an environment rife with racial slurs and sexual innuendo.

Savannah media, including The Savannah Morning News and WSAV-TV, first reported the restaurantís closing Thursday.