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