“Everybody loves Paula and her Southern comfort food and her fried chicken, greens, black-eyed peas and cheesy biscuits,” said Peter Jeschke, Harrah’s head chef .

Deen appeared at the press conference via satellite on a large TV screen via, but she will be making a personal appearance for the grand opening of the 360-seat, $2.5 million restaurant.

Deen said she enjoyed the idea of her restaurant being located right across from the casino’s entrance.

“I love the fact that you can sit there and eat and hear all the jackpots,” she said.

The restaurant will feature both buffet and a la carte options in the over 14,000 square feet formerly occupied by the Diamond Lounge and Harrah’s Union Station Buffet. Deen’s Kitchen will be divided into different rooms with southern Savannah, boathouse and Deen family living room decors.

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