Bridge Tap House padlocked for failing to pay drink tax

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A Versailles restaurant was padlocked and closed today for failure to pay the Allegheny County drink tax, treasurer John Weinstein said.

The Bridge Tap House and Grille at 5200 Walnut St., previously known as Todd's by the Bridge, was padlocked and closed by Allegheny County sheriff's deputies this morning for "being habitually delinquent and failing to report and pay the drink tax," the treasurer's office said.

The Versailles bar and grille owes more than $53,759 in drink tax liability, according to the treasurer's office.

This is the second time the restaurant has been closed for failure to pay drink tax. The establishment was first padlocked for delinquent taxes in August 2009, according to the treasurer's office.

Todd Arthrell, who has owned the bar for 11 years, called the county's figure "grossly incorrect."

"There is some money owed, but that's not the correct amount," he said. He didn't have the exact number owed but said it was half.

He said his business was planning on filing for bankruptcy next week."I'm a business owner, and I'm struggling a bit right now," he said.

The drink tax, enacted in Allegheny County in 2007, levies a 7 percent tax on the sale of poured alcoholic beverages. The county treasurer has shut down and padlocked 44 establishments for failure to pay the drink taxes due.

Kaitlynn Riely: or 412-263-1707.

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