THOMASVILLE — Like many people who had their taste set Wednesday on lunch at Chandler’s Hamburgers, Debra Edwards was disappointed to find the Thomasville food landmark closed.

People stopping for a burger at the 1010 E. Jackson St. establishment found instead yellow tape draped across both entrances reading: “Seized by the Georgia Department of Revenue.”

The 1010 E. Jackson St. restaurant had been in business for more than 40 years.

“I was completely surprised when I went down to get a sandwich,” said Edwards, a Camilla resident who works in Thomasville. “There was no one there, the parking lot was empty. It’s been there for ... forever, for a long time. It’s the best hamburger I’ve ever tasted.”

Edwards said she was planning to order either a cheeseburger or a steak sandwich.

“I was disappointed because that’s what I had my mouth fixed for. My taste buds were ready,” she said. “I was a bit shocked.”

In addition to the yellow tape, a notice on the door said that the restaurant had been closed Wednesday because taxes were delinquent.

A Revenue Department spokesman in Atlanta could not provide additional information Wednesday afternoon about the seizure.

Superior Court records indicate that orders had been issued to sell property to settle delinquent taxes on the restaurant on several occasions since 2003.

The last one found in the records was a tax lien filed in April for a total of $1,450 for state, county and school taxes for 2006. The records showed that amount was paid in June.

In March 25, 2005, the records said, state sales taxes totaling $21,527 had been due since February 2003.

At that time taxes were also delinquent on education, local option sales tax and the county’s special local option sales tax, the records said.

All of those 2005 taxes were paid, the records said.

William Forehand Jr., listed as the owner of the restaurant, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The restaurant celebrated its 40th anniversary in July 2004 with a 1950s-themed party. It featured period dress, antique cars and rock ‘n roll oldies for the occasion.

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