The liquor licenses at Helen Back Bar and Grill on Okaloosa Island, Helen Back Again in Crestview and Navarre Chop House and Helen Back Again in Navarre were revoked Sept. 7.

 The popular Helen Back pizza and sports bar chain appears to be in serious financial distress, as retail liquor licenses have been revoked at three locations.

Although the chain of restaurants remained open this week, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation records indicated Friday that the licenses to serve hard liquor at the Okaloosa Island, Crestview and Navarre locations were revoked Sept. 7.

“All three revocations relate to violations for failure to report and remit sales and use taxes to the Florida Department of Revenue,” Kathleen Keenan, a spokeswoman for DBPR said Thursday.

Keenan confirmed Friday that to the best of her knowledge the revocations remain in place.

Helen Back owner Chris Sehman failed to return several telephone calls seeking comment.

A March 27 letter from the director of the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco to the various entities under which the Helen Back franchise operate states the companies failed at the end of 2016 to “remit (sales) taxes collected to the Department of Revenue.”

The liquor licenses at Helen Back Bar and Grill on Okaloosa Island, Helen Back Again in Crestview and Navarre Chop House and Helen Back Again in Navarre were revoked Sept. 7. Those locations can still sell beer and wine.

A “Default Final Order” was issued for the three locations Aug. 3. It states that Sehman did not respond when offered a chance to request a hearing to resolve disputed issues.

"The penalty for the first occurrence of failing to timely remit sales taxes to the Florida Department of Revenue is satisfaction of the debt or approved payment plan," the default final order said. "Respondent failed to submit any statements in mitigation; therefore, no reduction in penalty is warranted. Respondent's license is subject to revocation."

Sehman’s flagship business, Helen Back Bar and Grill on Okaloosa Island, has held a liquor license since November 2005.

The Navarre Chop House and Helen Back Again in Navarre is in foreclosure and ownership of the business has reverted to Beach Community Bank, according to Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser records and a bank official.

Court records show a lawsuit was filed in late August against Sehman and All In HB LLC on behalf of a business called Lamar Texas Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of Lamar Media.

Sprechman and Associates of North Miami Beach, the law firm representing Lamar Texas Limited Partnership, states on its website that its lawyers are “debt collection attorneys.”

Attorney Steven Sprechman did not return phone calls seeking comment.

The myfloridalicense website indicates all permits for the Helen Back Again location in Niceville appear to be current. Another bar owned by Sehman, the Duck Duck bar in Destin, also appears to be operating with all its permits.