Landmark diner seized; may re-open downvalley |

Landmark diner seized; may re-open downvalley

Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyVail resident Mark Elliott reads a seized sign in a window at D.J. McCadam's Thursday in Vail.

VAIL ” D.J. McCadam’s Crepes and Omelets, the longtime, all-hours breakfast spot in Lionshead, has been seized by the state because it owes taxes.

“I was a little backed up on filing my taxes, and I was away for part of the summer, so they came in and had it seized,” said Duncan Pinnell, the owner.

Pinnell said D.J.’s won’t reopen in Vail and might move downvalley, maybe to Eagle.

“It’s rents, it’s staffing issues,” Pinnell said. “That’s two of the biggest.”

The business owes $5,218.08 payroll and sales tax to the state, the Department of Revenue said in a notice posted on the door of the restaurant.

D.J.’s also owes sales tax to the town of Vail, said Sally Lorton, Vail’s sales tax administrator. The town has estimated D.J.’s back sales taxes ” from March through July ” at $4,540, Lorton said.

An auction for the property inside D.J.’s has been set for Tuesday.

The restaurant opened in 1978.

“When I came into town in 1984, that was the first place I ate breakfast,” said Tommy Neyens, a longtime Vail resident and owner of the Ski Valet, a nearby business. “It’s always had good crepes, good omelets. It’s sad to see it go ” if it goes.”

There was a lot less demand for late-night comfort food after the Sundance Saloon closed in 2005, Pinnell said.

D.J.’s was last open at the end of July.

Pinnell still has until Tuesday to pay his outstanding taxes. He said he thinks he can meet that deadline.

“Seized” signs are in the windows of the business.

On Thursday morning, Karen Springer from the Department of Revenue’s Grand Junction office unlocked the doors of the restaurant to let in Nick Sunday from Alpine Vending and Video so he could retrieve an ATM machine.

Mike Fernandez, an owner of Moe’s Barbecue next door, said D.J.’s seemed to be drawing a good amount of customers, even if it was open inconsistently recently.

“Every day they were open, they’d be doing a lot of business,” he said.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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