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Jasper's Noble Romans removing equipment

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On Monday, we reported that the State of Indiana shut down Noble Romans Restaurants in Evansville and Jasper.

The Dubois County Clerk's Office verified the restaurants' owner has amassed over 100 tax warrants dating back to 2004.

On Tuesday at the Jasper location for Noble Romans, movers have spent the day moving out restaurant equipment, a pattern that can be seen all over the Tri-State, following a state shutdown of multiple Noble Roman's locations.

"This is the second time this has happened for the Noble Romans here in Dubois County," said Dubois County Clerk, Bridgette Jarboe.

Jarboe says local Noble Romans franchise owner, Jaz Inc. has incurred at least 130 tax warrants dating back to 2004.

"A tax warrant is issued by the state, which is saying that they have not paid some form of taxes,"  Jarboe said. 

Jarboe says Jaz Inc. has been collecting the seven percent state sales tax from customers, but has not been passing that tax money on to the state.

After several warnings, Jarboe says the Department of Revenue forced the local restaurants to close.

"In a situation where it gets to the point that the orange signs go up, there's probably not been much correspondence," Jarboe said.

14 News caught up with Jaz Inc's President, Russ Shaw. He says he planned to sell his franchises anyway, due to rising costs and dropping demand. 

He also understands he will have to repay those sales taxes, once the restaurants are sold.

"Talking with the state and working with them is going to be their best adventure, depending on what their, you know, what the dollar amount is and what kind of plan they can work out with them," Jarboe said.

Shaw says he has been in contact with multiple people looking to buy these locations. He is optimistic they will all eventually reopen. 

Shaw also says the Washington Square Mall location will soon have a new owner, and that he expects that location to open within seven to ten days.

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