Grimaldi's Seized by Taxman Earlier Today But Back Open Now

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Newsday reports that Grimaldi's was shut down earlier today by state officials over unpaid taxes. $150,000 in tax warrants, the paper says.

But the joint was back in business later in the afternoon, after owners paid up.

"We seized them" said [New York State Department of Taxation and Finance representative Tom] Bergin, refering to the legal process where state officials close the business to get the liens satisfied.

Begin said that a total of seven outstanding tax warrants had been filed against Patabbe Inc., which was doing business as Grimaldi's, since January 2006. Those warrants total about $84,000 in sales and withholding taxes, he said.

Repeat: They're back up and running again. Like nothing ever happened, kids. Like nothing ever happened ...

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