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Future unclear for the Foster House
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Forsyth County News
The future of a popular Cumming eatery appears uncertain.

According to a legal notice published in Wednesday’s edition of the Forsyth County News, the state Department of Revenue plans to sell equipment, furniture, fine china and other property belonging to the Foster House.

The notice states the sale, which is scheduled for Sept. 7, is an attempt to remedy a $170,125 levy against the West Main Street eatery for failure to pay sales taxes.

However, Foster House owner Patricia Hamby said the business will reopen this week.

“We’re opening Thursday,” she said.

Hamby said the sale was scheduled “before we settled some issues, so we are opening Thursday.”

She declined further comment on the matter, other than saying the downtown restaurant will be serving breakfast and lunch.

Officials with the revenue department had no comment on the situation.

The department closed the Foster House on Aug. 5. Its entrances were blocked with yellow tape, which was no longer there Wednesday.

Hamby has previously said a bad economy contributed to the business’ financial woes, which were initially thought to involve nearly $19,000 in sales tax.

Built in 1887 as the home of a family of nine, the Foster House property and building are owned by local attorney Emory Lipscomb.

Lipscomb, however, is not involved in the business.