Grimaldi’s Briefly Seized by Tax Authorities

Albany to Grimaldi's: Two pies and $150,000, please.
Albany to Grimaldi’s: Two pies and $150,000, please. Photo: Robert K. Chin

Albany showed Grimaldi’s who’s boss yesterday when the state briefly closed the wildly popular Dumbo pizzeria for nonpayment of taxes. For two years, the restaurant has been disputing sales and withholding taxes, and the state issued tax warrants for over $150,000. There was nothing for the coal-oven icon to do but pay up, and that’s what it did, after which it was allowed to reopen. (Grimaldi’s is apparently better at setting up a viable payment plant than your corner slice shop.) But it was hard luck on the hungry customers waiting in line outside, according to am New York: “Earlier on Wednesday, window gates were pulled down on the front of the restaurant. A handwritten sign on the door said the business was shut because of electrical problems and would reopen at 4:00 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. no one answered the telephone.”

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