BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A popular hot dog restaurant across western New York is closed temporarily after New York State tax officials seized the property due to unpaid taxes.
Officials say there are four open warrants against Theodore’s Red Hots for unpaid sales taxes, amounting to a balance of $123,000 due from a period in 2015. The company’s three locations in Cheektowaga, Grand Island and Williamsville were each seized and closed down recently.
It’s not yet known how long the locations will be closed down for.
Theodore’s owner, Ted Liaros says he has worked with the state in the past. He says he owes sales tax because of several business setbacks, and paid large chunks of taxes whenever he could.
Recently, Liaros says, “We really didn’t get any cooperation or response.”
Liaros says he think the state is not fairly executing the law. He says the amount of money that he owes is little compared to other businesses.
“I just want to grow my business, employ people, pay my taxes, and give Buffalo something I know something they love. All we need is just a little bit of time, and someone to work with us, and I turn on the TV everyday and I see that New York state wants to help small businesses, I am the quintessential local small businessman,” Liaros said.
A sign on the door of each establishment advises the property is under New York State control, and should not be tampered with by any person.
A spokesperson with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance says, “We are in constant communication with the business owner in an effort to resolve the outstanding debt.”