Tax man puts local pub in the dog house |

Tax man puts local pub in the dog house

Kelley Cox / Post Independent
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Double Dog Pub in Glenwood Meadows was seized Thursday for nonpayment of more than $11,400 in back sales taxes, according to Colorado Department of Revenue officials.

But pub owner Bob Glowacki said he expects to rectify the situation this morning and be back in business for lunch today.

“I’ve contacted the state, and I do expect to take care of this situation first thing in the morning,” Glowacki said by phone from his Carbondale home Thursday evening. “We’re just a small business doing what it takes to stay in business.”

The seizure did mean a day out of business for the Double Dog and its employees.

Customers of the popular lunchtime, after-work and dinner restaurant and bar, located on Market Street in the Glenwood Meadows shopping center, were greeted Thursday with an official Department of Revenue posting on the door saying the business had been seized for back taxes.

A separate, hand-written sign posted by the owners read: “We sincerely apologize to our loyal patrons. We hope to rectify our situation and see you again soon.”

According to Department of Revenue spokeswoman Daria Serna, if things aren’t worked out, the Double Dog would still have until May 30 to make good on the tax debt. Otherwise, the business would go to a tax auction, scheduled for 11 a.m. that day, she said.

Serna confirmed the pub owes $11,441 in back sales taxes for an unspecified period of time. The Double Dog will need to pay that amount, in addition to any penalties and fees that accrue between now and the auction date, she said.

A tax seizure is the final action taken by the state following a pair of written warnings, Serna said.

Glowacki acknowledged that attempts have been made to work things out.

“Business is hard, but we are scrambling to make things work,” he said. “We’re just trying to provide really good food in a great location, and we have great customers who support us.”

Glowacki and his wife, Cindy, opened in the Glenwood Meadows location in January 2011. They originally operated the Double Dog in Aspen from 2006 until the spring of 2010, when high rent forced them downvalley to Glenwood Springs.

They also had owned one of Aspen’s oldest restaurants, the Steak Pit, from 2002 until it also closed 2010. The two restaurants were located in the same building on Hopkins Avenue.

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