Eagle County Fiesta Jalisco restaurants re-open
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The two Fiesta Jalisco restaurants in Avon and Eagle re-opened Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, after being seized by state revenue officials Aug. 27.
The restaurant in Avon opened Tuesday evening after owners paid more than $17,000 in delinquent sales taxes. Re-opening the Avon restaurant fulfilled a pledge by owner Jose Rodriguez that it would re-open for dinner on Tuesday.
Reached by phone in Washington state Wednesday, Rodriguez said the tax problems were the result of accounting errors at the Colorado locations. He added that the person responsible for those errors has been replaced. He said he and his partners were working Wednesday to make good on sales tax seizures of Fiesta Jalisco restaurants in Conifer and Evergreen. The Fiesta Jalisco in Eagle, which isn’t owned by Rodriguez, also cleared its tax delinquency Wednesday afternoon.
“We’re cleaning up the problems there,” Rodriguez said. “I will put my eye very closely there until we do.”
Getting a seized property released generally takes writing a substantial check. Colorado Department of Revenue spokesman Mark Couch said businesses that are closed for non-payment of sales taxes must pay the delinquent amount in full in order to re-open.
“It’s never easy to seize a business,” Couch said. “But we can’t allow it to go on indefinitely. We’ll try to arrange a payment plan.”
Fiesta Jalisco in Avon had been on the state’s delinquent list since February.
“I just want to apologize to all our customers and let them know we’re going to be running specials all this week,” Rodriguez said.
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