In Savannah on Thursday, Waridi Stewart of Brooklyn, N.Y., took a pass on the buffet at Deen’s restaurant. She said it was because the wait was too long.
‘‘I feel nothing toward her in terms of her being white and me being black,’’ Stewart said. ‘‘The food is good. I'm not here because of Paula. I'm here because of the food.’’
But she said Deen needs to be careful about what she says.
Connie Caprara of Norwalk, Ohio, brought her family to lunch at The Lady and Sons Thursday even though she had read about Deen’s remarks. She said boycotting the restaurant would unfairly punish its employees.
‘‘We've all said things we didn’t mean to say,’’ said Caprara, a 48-year-old billing agent for a medical practice. ‘‘But somebody in her position really needs to filter whatever comes out of her mouth.’’
Associated Press Writer Russ Bynum in Savannah, Ga.; Food Writer J.M. Hirsch and National Retail Writer Anne D'Innocenzio in New York contributed to this report.