By Jeff Fish
Casey O’Conor’s, one of the eight businesses in Mansfield that allegedly violated their liquor licences, has closed due to back taxes.
The pub and grill “closed just before we were ready to pull the electric meter,” said Town Manager Bill Ross. The business owed $4,700 in electric bills and more in water and sewere bills.
They owe the state $41,000 to $42,000 on “sales tax, food tax, and so on,” said Ross. “The state seized the property and came and gave us a notice that they were seizing the liquor license.”
Ross said he is unsure of exactly what will happen with the liquor license, since it was seized by the state. “It’s still in the corporate name until the end of the year,” he said, explaining that the Board of Selectmen would usually decide whether or not to renew it. “I don’t know what the process is when the department of revenue steps in.”
The hearing on Casey O’Conor’s’ liquor license is scheduled for the Wednesday, August Board of Selectmen’s meeting. The hearing will still be held although “it probably won’t make a difference [they’re] not in business,” said Ross.
“We’ll see if [the owner] comes or just what happens,” he said. “We have to follow a due process with all the alleged violations.”The first round of liquor license hearings will be at this Wednesday’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting at 7 p.m. The businesses appearing are Asia Grill and Sushi, Cork's Fine Wine and Liquors, Kanku, and Cibo Matto.