INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Papa Roux, a popular cajun restaurant, is back in business.
The owners settled their dispute with the Indiana Department of Revenue. Last week, in a fight over back taxes, the state closed the restaurant on the Indianapolis east side.
At the time, Art Bouvier of Papa Roux told 24-Hour News 8 he had been paying the bill in installments with a payment plan. But the state decided it wanted a lump sum, instead.
His customers jumped at the chance to help Bouvier. They contributed to an online fund drive for Papa Roux.
On Monday afternoon, Bouvier said one of those customers loaned him all the money he needed. So, while there was “nothing easy about it,” with the help of a pro bono tax attorney, he was able to settle with the state.
He says some “minor adjustments,” may have to be made but otherwise feels, “for all practical purposes,” Papa Roux is “caught up” on its obligations.
Regarding the donations collected to help him, Bouvier said that money will, instead, go to a charity that helps the homeless.
“I don’t deserve the community’s money.,” he said. “I am pleased to be able to give it back to the community over time.”