Martin’s Restaurant in Montgomery stripped of its business license

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The Montgomery City Council voted Tuesday to strip Restaurant Martin of its business license for non-payment of municipal sales taxes.

The historic Cloverdale meat-and-three restaurant specializes in fried chicken, sweet tea and other Southern staples. It has been an integral part of the city since the 1930s, regularly attracting state political leaders alongside local residents.

City workers told the council they contacted the restaurant but received no response. Several council members said they were surprised to find the restaurant’s name on the agenda. Council Chairman Charles Jinright asked if anyone from the restaurant was present to talk about the situation, and no one in the audience responded.

The board voted unanimously to revoke Martin’s license and set a show cause hearing for an upcoming meeting.

Two other local restaurants also faced having their business licenses revoked for non-payment of municipal taxes. But a representative from those two places — Can a Brotha Get a Slice pizzeria and Bayou Turkey food truck — agreed to discuss payment arrangements with the city.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Brad Harper at bharper1@gannett.com.

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