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Jun 9, 2010 10:44 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Meson Olé reopens after seizure by state for overdue taxes

Jun 9, 2010 10:44 AM

The Meson Olé restaurant on County Road 39 in Southampton resumed operation Friday following a 10-day seizure by the State Department of Taxation and Finance for overdue taxes.

The Shinnecock Hills branch of the Mexican restaurant chain owed the state $31,000 in sales and withholding taxes, according to Brad Maione, a spokesperson for the department, who added that New York seized seven restaurants in the franchise while the state attempted to collect outstanding debts after issuing notifications.

In addition to the Southampton eatery, the other affected restaurants in the chain were in Centereach, East Islip, Greenport, Commack, Patchogue and Ronkonkoma. A Meson Olé in Copiague—the only other Long Island branch—was not among those seized.

The chain’s website lists eight Meson Olé restaurants on Long Island and one in Naples, Florida.

New York seized the Southampton branch on May 25 and returned its keys last week after the debt had been paid in full.

The other East End branch, in Greenport, owed $7,012 in overdue sales tax and also reopened last Friday, Mr. Maione said.

An assistant at the Southampton Meson Olé, John Giraldo, confirmed his restaurant was back in business as of last week, but deferred further questions to Fernando Figueroa, the business’s general manager, who could not be reached for comment.

COLLEEN REYNOLDS

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Yummi love Meson Ole oood job getting everything sorted out
By ICARE (23), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 14, 10 9:30 PM
Welcome back after a long tough winter. Always one of the most enjoyable places to eat.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jun 15, 10 10:14 AM
Just pay your taxes and you will remain open. Is that too much to ask?
By Walt (292), Southampton on Jun 17, 10 7:53 PM
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