Landmark cafe in Murfreesboro shuttered by state

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- A Murfreesboro restaurant that's been a landmark on the city's public square for more than a century was abruptly closed by the Tennessee Department of Revenue for uncollected taxes.

On Wednesday morning, diners and employees were asked to vacate the City Cafe and a sign was posted on the window saying it had been closed by order of the Tax Enforcement Division.

Owner Scott Perkins told The Daily News Journal that he has been contesting the amount of taxes the state claims he owes since February, but he was not notified that they planned to shut the restaurant down.

A spokesman for the revenue department said he couldn't comment on the case and it was not clear when the restaurant would reopen

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