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A popular Batavia restaurant has been shut down by state tax agents.

Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant on Jackson Street was seized shortly after Noon today by State Tax Agents for non-payment of taxes.
The agents seized the restaurant during the luch hour forcing patrons to leave the establishment.

According to state officials, Margarita’s owes nearly 33-thousand dollars in sales and corporate taxes.

4 separate warrants have been issued to the owners, as recent as August 5th, apparently with no response.
Spokeswoman Susan Burns with New York’s Department of State did say today that the owners are, quote, “eager to get this worked out and re-open the restaurant.”
This is not the first time Margarita’s has had tax trouble. The restaurant has been pursued for over 14-thousand dollars dating back to 2007. Those issues were eventually resolved.

PHOTO: A busboy and cook for Margarita's Mexican Restaurant are seen in the reflection of the storefront window, labeled "SEIZED" by New York State tax agents

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