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Tax agents shut down businesses

LTN Staff Reports


Two longtime staples of Lincoln County’s restaurant industry were closed late last week as a result of alleged tax evasion by the owners.
Aunt Bessie’s on North Aspen Street and It’s Grill on East Main Street, both in Lincolnton, were shut down by the North Carolina Department of Revenue due to the owners’ failure to pay taxes. A sign warning against trespassing that was posted on the door of It’s Grill by the revenue department read, “The personal property here within has been seized for nonpayment of taxes.”
Additionally, the Lincolnton Police Department has confirmed its involvement in the closing of the restaurants. Police Chief Rodney Jordan told the Times-News on Monday that the department was contacted by the Internal Revenue Service and requested to have a car in the parking lot at each location as the restaurants were officially closed.
Owners Steve and Becky Gibson also operate Surf’s Up Tanning, which was shut down by the state, as well. It is located on North Aspen Street, in the same shopping center as Aunt Bessie’s.
As the Times-News previously reported, Aunt Bessie’s first opened in 1995 and recently expanded its staff to accommodate an all-day breakfast service in August.

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