LTN Staff Reports
Two longtime staples of Lincoln Countyâ€™s restaurant industry were closed late last week as a result of alleged tax evasion by the owners.
Aunt Bessieâ€™s on North Aspen Street and Itâ€™s Grill on East Main Street, both in Lincolnton, were shut down by the North Carolina Department of Revenue due to the ownersâ€™ failure to pay taxes. A sign warning against trespassing that was posted on the door of Itâ€™s Grill by the revenue department read, â€œThe personal property here within has been seized for nonpayment of taxes.â€
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 Surfâ€™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 Bessieâ€™s.
As the Times-News previously reported, Aunt Bessieâ€™s first opened in 1995 and recently expanded its staff to accommodate an all-day breakfast service in August.