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2 Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen restaurants close in Florida

November 12, 2019 GMT
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CORRECTS SPELLING OF DEEN - Ryder Kenney, left, and Robert Litzenberger, owner of Destin Sign Company, remove the sign outside of Paula Deen's Family Kitchen restaurant at Destin Commons Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019, in Destin, Fla. The restaurant which opened in March 2019, was abruptly closed Monday along with a similar new Paula Deen's Family Kitchen restaurant in Panama City Beach, Fla. (Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)
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CORRECTS SPELLING OF DEEN - Ryder Kenney, left, and Robert Litzenberger, owner of Destin Sign Company, remove the sign outside of Paula Deen's Family Kitchen restaurant at Destin Commons Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019, in Destin, Fla. The restaurant which opened in March 2019, was abruptly closed Monday along with a similar new Paula Deen's Family Kitchen restaurant in Panama City Beach, Fla. (Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Two Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen locations have closed in the Florida Panhandle.

Paula Deen Ventures spokesman Jaret Keller confirmed Tuesday that licensing partner Phoenix Hospitality has decided to close its Destin and Panama City Beach restaurants.

Keller says Paula Deen Ventures is planning to work with landlords to consider reopening them next spring.

Two other Paula Deen restaurants operated by Phoenix Hospitality in San Antonio and Fairview, Texas, closed over the summer. All four locations had opened within the past two years.

Messages left for Phoenix Hospitality weren’t immediately returned.

The Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen website still lists locations in Branson, Missouri; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Restaurants are also set to open in Foley, Alabama, and Nashville, Tennessee.

Keller says Phoenix Hospitality is not involved with any of those locations.