Butter late than never

Paula Deen spreads the love with special appearance at her newly opened San Antonio restaurant

Paula Deen to make special appearance at her new San Antonio eatery

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Party with Paula when she visits the new Paula Deen's Family Kitchen at The Rim. Paula Deen's Family Kitchen/ Facebook

Hot on the heels of Cake Boss Buddy Valastro’s visit for the launch of Buddy V’s Ristorante, starstruck San Antonians will soon have another chance to get up close and personal with a celebrity chef.

Controversial butter queen Paula Deen will be visiting San Antonio June 1-2 as part of the grand opening celebration of her latest Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen restaurant. The new location, inside the Bass Pro Shops at The Rim shopping center, officially opened its doors April 30.

As you can probably guess, the eatery isn’t likely to become a hot spot for calorie counters. Like the outposts in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Fairview, Texas, the Southern eatery is a temple to all things fatty and fried.

Both lunch and dinner feature family-style meals with hearty mains like meatloaf, chicken-fried pork chops, pot roast, and fried catfish. At either service, diners can then choose four sides for the table including collard greens, squash casserole, buttered white rice, creamed corn, and baked mac ’n’ cheese.

If you still have room in your stomach after that, Family Kitchen offers three choices of dessert: banana pudding; a seasonal cobbler; and the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, whose online recipe includes a whopping 16 tablespoons of melted butter (that’s two whole sticks).

The restaurant also includes a retail shop devoted to all things Paula, such as cookbooks, spices, sauces, linens, cookware, and mixes. Quite a few of the items are brandished with roosters, and, yes, you can score your very own “Butter Y’all” salt-and-pepper set.

There’s also a replica of Deen’s home kitchen for photo-ops. If you can’t make it to the June appearance, there’s a cardboard cut-out to make it look like you did.