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Around $80,000 in state taxes owed by 3 iconic bars in Blue Dome District, as per OK Tax Commission

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Posted at 6:47 AM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-28 14:13:54-04

TULSA – The business of three iconic bars in the Blue Dome District is currently at stake after the Oklahoma Tax Commission says together they owe around $80,000 in state taxes.

The bars in question: The Max Retropub, The Fur Shop and the Blue Ox Dance Hall allegedly owe state tax funds spanning from the past two years.

According to official documents from the Oklahoma Tax Commission, these locations have each failed to pay mixed beverage fees along with sales fees.

Over $16,000 in penalties are owed all together from the bars alone.

DOCUMENTS: The Max Retropub | The Fur Shop | Blue Ox Dance Hall (Legends) 

Each of the bars are co-owned by City Councilor Blake Ewing as part of the Blue Ox Dining Group. Ewing sent a statement regarding the situation, read it below. 

"The time since the fire at Joe Momma's has been a tumultuous one for our company. We've lost valuable and long-tenured staff and have done our best to keep things afloat as we've worked to recover from the loss and sell off some of the businesses. During that process of transition, we had some regrettable administrative lapses that resulted in our current predicament. We are working with the tax commission to resolve any issues. Our businesses pay nearly a half a million dollars in sales taxes each year. This issue is relatively minor and will be easily resolved. I take full responsibility for these obligations and will see to it that all issues are rectified quickly."

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