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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 19, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Nice job Governor CHRISPY - shutting down more business - Just what the state needs.... Thank the Governor - State Taxes!! way to go - probably didnt offer him up a free sandwich and helicopter ride when he was visiting Fair Lawn
Mei Won Sum October 19, 2012 at 03:53 PM
you're blaming the governor?
maryanne October 19, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Closing the restaurant down seems heavy-handed and a lose-lose for everyone. I would favor working with a business thru a recession....and then giving the governor a foot-long sandwich to-go and another "free" copter ride to Teterboro his next out-of-state campaign stop to raise $$$ for his buddies.
Mei Won Sum October 19, 2012 at 04:06 PM
why don't you give me your mortgage payment, and i'll give it to your bank. and if i spend the money by chance, maybe we can work out an arrangement.
Just Facts October 19, 2012 at 04:13 PM
The Governor claims he for business.....creating jobs?? Yet the state shuts down a well established restaurant??!! Chrispy likes to hear himself talk...Egotistical Fat Millionaire..... Unemployment almost HIGHEST in NATION...and people like this guy basically because of his LOUD mouth....I don't get it...and my homeowners taxes went up again!! He gets to ride in free helicopters... while middle class Joe has to suffer... So yes the governor is part of the problem here...... If I spoke to people in my business like he speaks - I would be out of business!! He should be out of business....
Mei Won Sum October 19, 2012 at 04:18 PM
let me say something you may be familiar with.......... it's all corzine's fault!
Mei Won Sum October 19, 2012 at 04:20 PM
you're an idiot. do you really think the state would shut down a business for 40 large without trying to work it out first? not to mention taking sales tax money is stealing. add up those businesses and maybe that's why your property taxes went up.
Just Facts October 19, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Go take a free ride on helicopter with your fat friend...... big mouth millionaire...highest unemployment in NJ in 50 years....... travels across nation on our dollar to hook himself up with possible political job later - conventions....MEALS... now thats probably why our taxes are going up!! Yeah he's wonderful.... Impeach ...
Just Facts October 19, 2012 at 05:43 PM
ohh I forgot... highset crime in NJ cities in 50 years.... Paterson, Camden....Newark....but I realize millionaires dont drive through those places or care about the people in them,,,,,,
Just Facts October 19, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Maybe if he didnt Veto the Millionaire Tax 2 times.... some of these smaller business owners would be able to open and employ people a bit longer....
maryanne October 19, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Yes they do. They just come by to pick up the rent checks from their tenants ("slumlords") or stop by to buy their drugs or see their prostitutes.
maryanne October 19, 2012 at 06:24 PM
It looks like the 9.8% New Jersey unemployment rate will be going higher with a stupid business closing like this. They is a long-standing, healthy business. Work it out, State of NJ!
* October 19, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Love to see everyone blame the Government & the Governor for the FAILURE of a businessman to follow the laws.
Life-Long FL Resident October 19, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Just Facts, you are a rebel rouser and very misled in your thoughts!! Albeit there will now be more unemployment in town... 1) it would have happened anyway, the place went way downhill and the place is nearly empty all of the time 2) We all need to pay our taxes, as Mei pointed out.. Collecting state tax and pocketing it is stealing!! They are just lucky (for now) that a shutdown was all that happened, this could be a criminal offense!! 3) Why dont you pay their tax bill? if you care so much about local jobs being lost and all??? Whats that... radio silence???
Just Facts October 20, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Hahaha...thats amusing... This Fat Governor promised to lower my 12K tax bill.... its still going up..... Crime is rising around us......He vetoed the millionaire tax...2 times.... Travels across the country on our TAX money to do political favors for himself.... Takes free helicopter rides to his son's baseball game..... And then yells at honored serviceman at town meetings (Navy Seal) because he brings up an opposing viewpoint...Oh.. and UNEMPLOYMENT is at a 50 year HIGH IN NEW JERSEY!! This guy is a bully BIG MOUTH - but I guess thats why some people like him.... Catering to the wealthiest in NJ.....
Just Facts October 20, 2012 at 12:32 AM
I love NJ....grew up here...but soon to retire and will leave this state to a place where I can just laugh at the FAT man and his antics.... Bully mobster wanna be - How he is able to get away with his filty mout is disgraceful...."taking a BAT" to an elder female politician?? I mean who says that? Talks about public officials cutting costs...furloughs...cuts in pay and medical plans.... while his fat butt flys in helicopters and private jets to do speeches??!! I mean really??!! It's amazing NJ just sits back and takes it.....
Chris October 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Oh Just Facts... You are too funny - pitifully sad but funny! Although I don't agree with anything you have to say here, my understanding is that you're one of those folks that likes to stir the pot just to get a reaction out of people. Even you don't believe what you're putting into words here (or at least I hope not or you'd truly be showing shear ignorance). I'm just sayin....
Jenne October 20, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I don't care for Christy's hectoring ways and wierd math myself, but in the interests of accuracy, I have to point out that overall crime rates in NJ and even in Fair Lawn has been steadily decreasing since at least 2006. (This reflects an national trend, though of course it's no comfort to those people who *are* victims of crimes.)
Deleted because of harassment October 20, 2012 at 07:48 PM
That $40,000 in unpaid taxes represents $572,000 in receipts - I would bet almost a years worth for the restuarant. Why was it allowed to get to that point before some action was taken, and why was the action taken to close it entirely and cut off any chance it might have some cash flow to pay off the debt? There's more to this story than simply not paying taxes - either they defaulted on a payment plan or refused to try to work out a settlement entirely. Been a bookkeeper enought years and seen enough dealing with the NJ Dept of Taxation to not get a sense that there is more to this story than appears here.
Zak Koeske October 20, 2012 at 08:29 PM
@Deleted - Daniella's had been on a payment plan since 2010 and it wasn't working out, according to the treasury spokesman. I don't know the specifics of the plan, but the Division of Taxation ultimately gave up because they weren't receiving the payments. Apparently after two years they felt enough was enough and closed them down.
Johnna Rae October 20, 2012 at 11:46 PM
You all seriously need some hobbies. No one knows my family's personal business. Carry on with your lives, as will we. :-)
Johnna Rae October 20, 2012 at 11:47 PM
the stories people make up....it's great
Just Facts October 21, 2012 at 03:46 AM
YO Chris ...stick with facts...Just Facts!... Chrispy is FAT...real Fat......Unemployment in NJ is at a 50 year High!!!....Taxes have gone UP with this Gov!! He rides helicopters to his SOns baseball games!!! He uses tax payer money to do speeches for a presidential candidate!!! Hotels, State Police, all paid for by us!! traeted a NAVY SEAL like dirt at a town meeting.(war hero) no less....and is a BULLY to those who have a different view point....wat is not to believe?? These are JUST FACTS!....Facts....Facts....flew into Fair Lawn on a Helicopter...another fact............Do as I say ...Not as I do Gov. Chrispy!
Just Facts October 21, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Jenne - I wish I could agree with you.....State cuts by the governor Chrispy forced the layoffs of over 100 police officers in Paterson...... Check out their homicide rate this year and gang related shootings....... Camden had to close down their polce department due to state cuts.... and give Newark a call and ask a cop if crime has gone down..... Laid off a third of the department...carjackings, homicides...shootings all UP!! but remember the millionaires dont ride through those nasty cities....so who cares about them.....Its their own fault attitude..thats Gov Chrispy at his best....
Mei Won Sum October 22, 2012 at 01:52 PM
you'd have a much better argument if you referred to him as governor or governor christie. the fat and crispy jokes are degrading. you must have been one of those kids in highschool that bullied or was bullied. attack his policies, fine. attack his personal appearance, childish.
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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