State seizes eatery and bar on Snowmass Mall |

State seizes eatery and bar on Snowmass Mall

Katie Redding
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Nardi’s Restaurant on the Snowmass Mall, as well as the adjoining nightclub, Nardi’s Hideaway, were seized April 15 by the Colorado Department of Revenue for failure to pay taxes.

Both institutions are operated as one business and owned by Peter Nardi, according to the town of Snowmass Village.

The business owes a total of $45,591.10, according to Mark Couch, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Revenue.

The business had not paid sales tax for the period of time between December 2008 and April 15, said Couch.

It also did not file withholding tax for its employees for the first quarter of 2009, he added.

Couch could not detail the nature of conversations between the business and the Department of Revenue, but said the Department of Revenue typically contacts a business multiple times to let it know a tax bill is due, and to try to work out arrangements “to avoid this step.”

“We don’t just suddenly show up on someone’s doorstep on the day we seize the business and take it away,” he said.

Nardi’s Restaurant served Italian food that was advertised as “family style,” with reasonable prices, large portions and a family-friendly atmosphere. Nardi’s Hideaway featured live music.

Should the tax bill not be paid, the contents of the business are scheduled for auction at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, in order to help defray the tax bill, according to Couch.

Related WestPac, who owns the Snowmass Mall, declined comment on the matter.

Peter Nardi could not be reached by press time for comment. He has a criminal history in Aspen, serving jail time in Pitkin County as well as two-year probation for an embezzlement conviction.

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