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Daniella's Track Side Grille Owed $40K in Sales Taxes

The popular Fair Lawn restaurant and bar has been closed since Oct. 11 with an orange state seizure notice taped to its front door.

Daniella's Track Side Grille, a Fair Lawn staple that has remained closed since being seized by the state last week, owed $40,000 in sales taxes, a Treasury Office spokesman confirmed.

Andrew Pratt, the state Treasury Department's communications director, said the Division of Taxation had been working with the restaurant since 2010 to collect the unpaid taxes, but ultimately gave up hope and closed it down last Thursday.

"We've attempted to work with them, to collect taxes and help them in those areas wherever we could, but despite our efforts they just weren't paying taxes," Pratt said. "When someone repeatedly doesn't follow the law, there has to be some penalty eventually. You can't go forever."

In New Jersey, businesses are required to charge a 7 percent sales tax on customer purchases and pass that money on to the state. They aren't legally permitted to touch the sales taxes they collect or divert them to another use.

Pratt said that more than 99 percent of the restaurant's unpaid taxes were sales taxes and less than 1 percent were payroll taxes.

Daniella's won't be re-opening unless the restaurant pays back all the taxes owed, enters an agreement to pay taxes going forward and demonstrates it can actually pay those taxes, Pratt said.

Joanne Graziano, the restaurant's manager, previously said the restaurant's stakeholders "were working on a solution," to pay the back taxes and re-open. 

They may also sell the restaurant, if a buyer can be found. Track Side has been on the market since early 2010. Its asking price, which was originally $1 million, is down to $599,900, according to the New Jersey Multiple Listing Service

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Just Facts October 23, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Mei Won Sum - I guess you don't read beyond my first line..... ALso it is a disgrace that I'm supposed to listen to a leader who can't control his own eating habits....He is a public figure and I'm sorry, you need to not look like that.... Tell me one thing that is better since he became governor?? He is a BAG OF HOT AIR..... I'm am following by his example and how he "THE GOVERNOR" speaks to people.... Tells a NAVY to "SHUT UP?"... please,... acts like he wants to fight people on the Jersey boardwalk?? come on!...Please - Bottom line unemployment is UP.....Crime in cities UP....MY Taxes...UP!... trickle down economics from the wealthiest people in the state does not work....... wake up and smell the coffee..... Maybe if I speak rude like him you may like me more...
Just issues October 23, 2012 at 08:32 AM
You are the problem with NJ, you blindly follow politics like its a football game. Unless if you bet on it, the outcome is of little consequence. Politics is different, it impacts everyone's lives. Your issue with Christie is not his size, but his party. If he were a democrat with the same results he'd be the best thing since slice bread. Get your head out of the sand and please don't vote until you do.
Deleted because of harassment October 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Zak: that was my suspicion. Usually, if they show intent, even if they ask for reduced payments, there will be some effort on the state's part to give them a chance. That they closed the business and cut off the cash flow probably says everything. I've worked for small companies that had sudden cashflow issues that caused them to miss payments, and never found the NJ tax office to be unreasonable - after all, they'd rather make interest and penalties and get paid than get nothing and have to stand in line with the other creditors for what's left at the end.
Just Facts October 26, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Hey Issues - Please explain to me what the governor Chrispy has done to help the state?? Taxes are UP....Unemployment is UP!! (HIGHER THAN NATIONAL AVG) ..People are angry so they like this "bully" mentality now because he claims he will cut the waste... Then he has nerve to go on free helicopter rides.....and make political trips while the state unemployment continues to rise.... If you cant see through this guy YOUR head is buried in the sand... I'm an independent...not tied to a political party.... The crime rate in NJ cities is incredibly high under his cuts.... Please give me one thing that is better?? beside him being a bully to the state workers.. He is in for himself.......not for the common people of the state... VETOED MILLIONAIRE TAX 2 times....please this guy has got to go... Big Fat Bully
Turd Ferguson October 26, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Place was a dump anyway

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