The Fish House in Conway was closed this week after the business failed to keep up-to-date on a payment plan for its delinquent state taxes.
The eatery, which opened in 1993 in what was previously Ed’s Country Catfish House, was shut down on Wednesday.
The business previously appeared before the city’s Advertising and Promotion (A&P) Commission for falling behind on local taxes. In November 2015, the owner set up a new payment plan with the city to get caught up on the more than $12,600 taxes owed.
City Attorney Chuck Clawson said he thinks the restaurant was current on its local tax.
“From my understanding, they have dealt with all their A&P issues and these are state taxes that resulted in their closing,” he said.
Much like the city, the state reserves the right to revoke a business’s license if they fall too far behind on taxes.
“The state, if you are 90 days behind on sales tax, they can come physically put a lock on your door,” Jill Walden, who acts as liaison for the A&P Commission regarding state taxes, said.
Walden said businesses can set up a payment plan on state taxes, which is the same process the city uses. If the taxes are brought current, she said, the state would likely allow the business to reopen.
It was unclear Friday if The Fish House owners, who do not have listed phone numbers, plan to attempt to reopen.
Paper signs hung on the restaurant’s doors read “We are closed till further notice,” but a billboard-type sign on wooden posts in the parking lot advertised the property for lease.