Landmark BBQ restaurant seized by state

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WITN) - A landmark barbeque restaurant here in Eastern Carolina has been shut down by the state.

Wilber's Barbecue on U.S. 70 just outside of Goldsboro has been seized by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

A state spokesman says due to the North Carolina taxpayer secrecy law, they can't provide any more details about what happened.

A sign posted on the door says the restaurant was seized for nonpayment of taxes.

The Wayne County Clerk of Courts Office says since December, the state has filed six tax liens against the restaurant totaling more than $70,600. The most recent one was filed on Wednesday.

Wilber's has been around since 1962 and there's no word yet on what will happen to the building.

The Department of Revenue has the power to seize businesses for back taxes and says they do this as a last resort when other avenues have failed.