Co-owners of Phoenix’s HobNob’s to pay restitution for failing to pay taxes

Feb 19, 2023, 7:15 AM

PHOENIX — Co-owners of the downtown Phoenix restaurant HobNob’s have been ordered to pay restitution and fines for failing to pay taxes.

Bobby and Cherylin Hodge were ordered to pay nearly $92,000 for failing to pay transaction privilege tax, according to the Arizona Department of Revenue.

The restaurant closed in 2019 after 11 years of business downtown.

After HobNob’s closed, the Hodge’s opened a restaurant called The Edgemont in 2020 located near Central Avenue and Thomas Road.

The Edgemont had a rough start due to COVID-19 and the Hodge’s business never took off, forcing them to close its doors after three years.

After selling the business, the Hodges paid $135,000 to the Arizona Department of Revenue to pay down their $225,000 liability prior to entering into a plea agreement for the remaining liability, authorities said.

The Hodges each agreed to pay $89,326.79 as well as a $2,500 fine.

The Arizona Department of Revenue’s Criminal Investigation Unit investigated the case with assistance from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

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Co-owners of Phoenix’s HobNob’s to pay restitution for failing to pay taxes