Hungry Howie's Pizza in West Lafayette still closed

The Indiana Department of Revenue has prohibited the restaurant from doing any business.

Posted: Mar 9, 2020 4:45 PM
Updated: Mar 9, 2020 10:07 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)— It's been nearly two months since Hungry Howie's here in West Lafayette closed its doors suddenly. But the question is why? And what's next?

"Hungry Howie's is a business that was posted by the Indiana Department of Revenue,” said Michelle Cain with the Indiana Department of Revenue.

The sign is displayed on the front of the business next to another sign that says “Now Hiring.”

"It doesn't mean that we closed the business,” said Cain. “But it does mean that they are not allowed to perform any business transactions this time."

The sign indicates a Class A Misdemeanor. It means the business hasn't settled their tax liabilities with the government.

"The Department of Revenue tries to work with the business to set up things like payment plans or other ways that they could possibly resolve their tax debt,” said Cain.

Cain said when businesses are posted they usually owe $500 or more in tax debt.

"This is kind of the last step as far as getting these tax liabilities resolved with the Department of Revenue,” said Cain.

Jill Ylo is a student at Purdue University and hasn't had Hungry Howie's Pizza. Although she was looking forward to trying it with her family.

"Especially when we come down to Wabash Landing and River Market that's always an option and usually high on the list,” said Ylo.

The same could be said about Brian Ha. He was a frequent customer. He's not happy that the business is closed.

"I had a good time with it,” said Ha. “It was just something to eat. I liked it a lot."

He said Hungry Howie's is a unique pizza place because you don't see it everywhere.

"You don't really see Hungry Howie's anywhere else besides West Lafayette,” said Ha. “So it was definitely a new experience because it was a new pizza place."

News 18 has tried reaching out to the franchise owners of Hungry Howie's Pizza in West Lafayette  for comment and has not received a response. The Indiana Department of Revenue said the owners are now working with a field agent to help resolve the issue.

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