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Robinson bar padlocked, another temporarily, for failing to pay alcoholic drink taxes

| Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, 1:36 p.m.

Allegheny County Sheriff's deputies Friday padlocked two bars — one for a second time — for failing to pay alcoholic drink taxes, the county Treasurer's Office announced.

The Brothers Grimm Bar in Robinson was padlocked for being delinquent nearly $11,000 in owed alcoholic drink taxes. The Treasurer's Office last closed The Brothers Grimm in April 2014, when it claimed the bar and restaurant owed more than $40,500 in drink taxes. The owner could not be reached.

Crud's tavern in North Braddock also was padlocked Friday for failing to pay about $6,500 in owed drink taxes.

Owner Jeffrey Bonkowski said he only owed the county $676. He paid the taxes Friday, and the county reopened the bar about an hour after it was closed.

The county in 2007 imposed a 10 percent tax on poured alcoholic drinks to help fund public transportation. The county council lowered the tax to 7 percent in 2009.

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