Back taxes likely led to Bobby's Bar-B-Que's woes

Bankruptcy filing indicates business owed $362,407

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AIKEN --- More than $362,000 in taxes owed to the state Department of Revenue likely led Bobby's Bar-B-Que into bankruptcy last summer.

Court documents filed in June show that the department of revenue is the first creditor on a list of 20 that Barbara Griffin, the wife of late owner Bobby Griffin Sr., owed money to last year. According to the Chapter 11 filing, the business owed $362,407 in taxes, which Griffin disputed. Smaller debts of less than $3,000 were owed to Kimball's Plumbing, Heating and Electric, SYSCO Food Services and other revolving charge accounts.

Griffin said paying estate taxes, which are imposed on the transfer of the estate of a deceased person, was an unexpected expense after her husband Bobby's death in December 2008. That, coupled with paying for legal counsel, overwhelmed her, she said.

"You have to go through the process of getting all that done. It's very expensive," she said. "It's not because we didn't pay our bills."

A court-ordered auction scheduled for 11 a.m. today will help settle the debts the business owes, said auctioneer Dennis Cheeks of Cheeks Auction Co.

Griffin said her son Bobby Griffin Jr., who plans to take over the restaurant, will be one of the bidders in today's auction. Bobby Griffin managed the restaurant for the past several years, and has helped her cope with health problems and the bankruptcy, she said. She suffered a heart attack, and had open-heart surgery last year.

"I'm 72 years old. I couldn't have done this without him," she said. "He's just a great son. He's taking care of me, and he's taking care of this business."

A viewing of the barbecue equipment, tables, trucks, china, figurines and other items from the restaurant and gift shop yielded few potential bidders Thursday, Griffin said. The auction is a one-lot sale, which means bidders must purchase all the items up for auction.

"It's not what people expected, so I don't know if we'll have a lot of people bidding," she said.

Griffin said today's auction will determine when the restaurant will open again. Once opened, Bobby Griffin said he plans to make the gift shop a banquet hall and will try to sell gift shop items inside the restaurant.

A catering job scheduled for next week will happen even if the doors are still closed at the Jefferson Davis Highway restaurant next week, Barbara Griffin said.

"If we have to do it at my house, it's going to happen," she said, "We're getting this all straightened out, and we're asking the Lord to help us through it."

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 02/19/10 - 05:41 am
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You know what? I don't

You know what? I don't really care about this family's problems with back taxes and whatever. I mean, I'm sorry that they're having these problems, but this is there business and doesn't need to be splattered all over the newspaper for everyone to see. Why is this newsworthy? I hope this family gets their stuff together and is able to open back up, because apparently alot of people like their food. So, Chronicle, what's next? Are you going to write a story about why I had to leave the house yesterday without my morning paper having been delivered? I mean, that's important to me, but not my neighbor. See what I mean?

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johnston.cliff 02/19/10 - 07:52 am
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I see your point, just my

I see your point, just my opinion, but any time a business has a public debt, it's the business of the public. I, too, hope the family recovers from this all too common problem with the death taxes and related costs and expenses of inheritance. I'd like to see Bobby's back up and running soon.

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humbleopinion 02/19/10 - 09:52 am
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This shows the importance of

This shows the importance of having estate planning in place for anybody, especially those with considerable assets. We are regular patrons of Bobby's BBQ and certainly wish the family the best.

What4
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What4 02/19/10 - 01:28 pm
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Hope they get the issues

Hope they get the issues resolved..best BBQ in town!!

govols382
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govols382 02/19/10 - 06:18 pm
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Bobby's has some of the worst

Bobby's has some of the worst BBQ in town...I'll stick with the BBQ Barn!

WW1949
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WW1949 02/20/10 - 01:43 am
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Where is the BBQ BArn?

Where is the BBQ BArn?

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