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Versailles bar padlocked for 2nd time because owner failed to pay drink tax

| Saturday, April 12, 2014, 1:36 a.m.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
The Bridge Tap House and Grille, also known as Todd's By The Bridge, ran afoul once before of Allegheny County's requirement that a tax be collected to help pay for transportation needs. Allegheny County Sheriff's deputies padlocked it for a second time on Friday.

For a second time a Versailles bar has been padlocked for failure to pay Allegheny County's drink tax.

County Treasurer John Weinstein's office said sheriff's deputies went to The Bridge Tap House & Grille, 5200 Walnut St., on Friday.

Weinstein said the bar owned by Todd Arthrell owes in excess of $53,759.72.

“As I stated many times before, it is not fair to other bar and restaurant owners and the taxpayers who frequent these establishments,” Weinstein said.

The treasurer's office said Weinstein has authorized filing more than 130 lawsuits against delinquent establishments, resulting in more than $1 million in delinquent collections.

Arthrell's bar was padlocked for a week in 2009. In a 2010 interview Arthrell said it forced him to seek bankruptcy protection to reopen.

“I enjoy what I'm doing, and I want to keep doing it,” Arthrell said. “And they're working as hard as they can to (keep) me from doing it.”

Arthrell, 42, is embroiled in other legal problems. He is free on 10 percent of $20,000 bond awaiting a formal arraignment on May 22 on five counts in the alleged rape on Feb. 20 of a 26-year-old acquaintance at his bar.

Arthrell's attorney did not return calls seeking comment.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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