The owners of Riverview Tavern may keep the building, but will lose the contents of the restaurant because of money they owe, according to an enforcement officer with the Michigan Department of Treasury.
Tiffany Burks said Monday morning that the tables, chairs, plates, kitchen equipment and other items will be sold, but the building at 12394 Riverside Drive, White Pigeon, isn’t a target of the auction. The owner or owners can sell that if they’re able, she said.
The auction at 10 a.m. June 10 at White Pigeon Storage was prompted by a debt the owners Ed and Barb Shearer owe the state. That could have been sales taxes or withholding taxes, though Burks declined to say more about the reason.
The restaurant closed May 16, she said. A sign on the door and a Facebook post indicated that the closing was “due to circumstances beyond our control.” Ed & Barb Shearer were the owners of the restaurant who signed the cardboard behind the glass in the door. Burks is the enforcement officer whose name is on the state document posted on the door.
The liquor license will be sold at a later date, she said, adding that it’s a beer and wine license.
I don’t know what happened, but it’s a sad tale. A beloved, longtime restaurant is closed. And longtime owners appear to be out of business.