Two restaurant/bars shut down for not paying Allegheny County drink tax

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Two restaurant and bar establishments were padlocked today for failing to pay the Allegheny County drink tax, county Treasurer John Weinstein said.

Mi Ranchito Restuaurant and Bar, at 346 Atwood St. in Oakland, and The Brothers Grimm, at 136 Beaver Grade Road in Moon, were padlocked by county sheriff's deputies, the treasurer said.

Mi Ranchito owes more than $10,000 in drink tax liability, the treasurer's office said. Brothers Grimm owes more than $40,000, the office said.

"Bar and establishment owners are afforded every opportunity and a variety of methods to pay these taxes on time," Mr. Weinstein said.

No one answered the phone at the number listed for Mi Ranchito.

Steve Grimm said the padlocking of his establishment was a "mistake," saying he had sent the county a check and that he planned to contest the closure.

"This is not right," he said.

Two other bars were shut down this month in Allegheny County, one in Versailles and one in Pitcairn.

Both have re-opened, said Bob Miecznikowski, manager of the special tax division in the treasurer's office.

Kaitlynn Riely: or 412-263-1707.


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