A few local residents protest cafe’s closing

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Arvid Mosnes’ drive to protest the seizure of a local breakfast restaurant began at the breakfast table.

Mosnes read about the Crystal Cafe’s closure for back taxes in Tuesday morning’s paper and decided to gather a few friends to protest the action.

“We need to stop government from abusing businesses,” Mosnes said as he stood with four people Tuesday afternoon outside the cafe.

Protesters taped signs with slogans such as “Stimulation in action — shutting down small businesses” and “Just wait, they will come for you!” to the restaurant’s facade, leaving visible two seizure signs from the state Department of Revenue.

The back taxes total $5,697.02, although a posting from the state attached to the cafe’s front door puts the number of unpaid sales and withholding taxes at just under $3,000 for March through May. Mosnes said he was shocked to find the cafe got into trouble so quickly and for what he viewed as so little money.

“I think it’s horrible,” he said.

Details are slowly beginning to unravel about the Crystal Cafe’s demise.

Restaurant owner Randy Belanger said Tuesday he’s had problems with his Vail-based business partner since the two organized a limited liability company for the business Feb. 7, 2008.

The articles of organization list Belanger’s partner as David Forenza.

“He wanted us out for the past year and a half,” Belanger said.

Forenza could not be reached for comment Tuesday.


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