Crystal Cafe seized for back taxes

A patron notices that the Crystal Cafe has been siezed for back taxes as he walks by the business on Main Street..

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What started as a temporary closing a month ago at the Crystal Cafe could soon become permanent.

The Colorado Department of Revenue seized the restaurant at 314 Main St. at 10 a.m. Monday. A sign posted on the front door said all personal property, furniture, fixtures, equipment and inventory owned or used by the restaurant will be sold at an auction at 11 a.m. July 20, unless the cafe scrapes together enough money to pay delinquent sales and withholding taxes from March 2009 through May 2009.

Crystal Cafe’s limited liability company, Bistro Colorado LLC, owes $5,697.02 in back sales and withholding taxes, according to Department of Revenue spokesman Mark Couch.

Crystal Cafe owner Randy Belanger first heard of the seizure when contacted Monday afternoon for this story. He said he’s “going through some issues” with a silent partner but thought he had more time to pay.

“I don’t know why the state would seize that, because we weren’t behind on the taxes yet,” Belanger said.

The taxes employers withhold from paychecks are due weekly for businesses paying taxes of $50,000 or more a year, and due quarterly for employers paying at least $7,000 a year in taxes, according to the Department of Revenue Web site. Sales taxes are due monthly.

Harley and Caryl Rudofsky rent the building to the cafe. The seizure was also news to Caryl Rudofsky on Monday. She said the restaurant has “good workers” that have been honest about their money troubles. The Rudofskys have been and are willing to help the cafe reopen, she said.

“(The cafe) will not be seized” for good, Rudofsky vowed.


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