B-TOWN BIZ: State Puts Bite On, Closes Piranha Joe’s For $36K In Back Taxes
Late Wednesday afternoon (June 15), local members of Discover Burien were surprised when they tried to go to a monthly networking event at Piranha Joe’s, only to discover that doors had been locked, the lights were out, and a warrant from the State Department of Revenue was on the door.
The B-Town Blog caught up with owner Coy Wood on Thursday (June 16), who was at Piranha Joe’s cleaning up. Although the Department of Revenue sign on the closed restaurant said they owed $36,000 in back taxes, Coy tells the blog that “we’re behind in sales taxes, there was a warrant for $36,000 and we had $11,000 left on the balance. I couldn’t pay them in time, so they closed us down.” Apparently Coy has been working with the Department of Revenue since the first of the year to pay the debt.
Whether Piranha Joe’s will remain in their Safeway Plaza location will remain up to the landlord, who Coy is trying to contact.
“At this point in time we don’t know what we’re doing or where we’re going,” he added. “The tough thing is that we’ve ended up with around $40,000 in inventory that’s going south on us in the next week” (salmon, steaks, perishable foods).
Gina Bourdage, Discover Burien Executive Assistant, discovered the closing when she went over to coordinate Wednesday’s event. She called Elliott Bay Brewery’s Michael Goldsmith, who welcomed the party during his dinner rush. DB bought some appetizers and over 20 members enjoyed Michael’s hospitality and bought their own Elliott Bay microbrews, sodas and wine.
“Discover Burien would like to give Elliott Bay Kudos and a big B-Town thanks for saving the day,” said Gina. “It turned out great and Michael was more than accommodating.”