State shuts down Mary Maestri’s

Popular Tontitown restaurant owes $21,012 in back taxes

Posted: May 15, 2010 at 4:10 a.m.

Officials from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration post a sign on the front doors of Mary Maestri’s in Tontitown on Friday after closing the popular Italian restaurant because of failure to pay at least $21,012 in sales taxes.

After 87 years in business, Mary Maestri’s restaurant was closed by the state Friday for failure to pay at least $21,012 in sales taxes.

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Arkansas, Pages 11 on 05/15/2010

I agree with Danny.. Closing the restaurant makes it impossible to continue cash flow to make potential payments with.. Everybody loses.
Does not make any sense at all.
I'm sorry Danny. Wish I could help.

Posted by: Camelback

May 15, 2010 at 8:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

It's a sad day for Tontitown.

Posted by: Farm123

May 15, 2010 at 9:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

So what did he do with the money he collected from patrons that was supposed to go to the state? Sounds like poor business practice to me. Maybe Olive Garden will open a place there.

Posted by: rsl196601241345

May 15, 2010 at 2:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

It's easier to get into this mess than anyone would think! Good luck getting it resolved!

Posted by: Momnic

May 15, 2010 at 7:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

$21,000+ state sales tax is over $375,000 in revenue. Blame the state? Ever watch Kitchen Nightmares?

Posted by: puzzleman

May 15, 2010 at 10:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

definitely sounds like money mismanagement. sad that the grandmother started the business and he's run it into the ground.

Posted by: AutopilotAR

May 16, 2010 at 12:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Closing the business guarantees that nobody will get any money.. It makes no sense. They should have given him more time.. Things get tough in the restaurant business.. There are lots of bills to pay to keep things going, and as always, some bills get paid later than others.
Danny has always run a good business. This is one of the worst things that could have happened to Tontitown.
All he needed was one more week..

Posted by: Camelback

May 16, 2010 at 7:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

One more week? Seriously? How many times had he used that line? If he was that close, he could have paid.

Get off the Excuse Train and face the fact this guy was using collected taxes to keep his business afloat for several years.

Times up! Close it up and let people patron a place that turns their taxes into the gov't like they are supposed too.

Posted by: Wildturkey

May 16, 2010 at 1:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

None of this matters to me either way. I don't eat there and don't live there..BUT IF Tontitown citizens really "wish there was something they could do to help" why don't you start a fund raiser to catch them up and get it reopened? Remember the old days when someone's house or barn burned and everyone turned out to help? Sad world where "I wish" has replaced "lets help"

Posted by: forJustice

May 16, 2010 at 9:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Five years ago that would have been pocket change for Danny, or me. The times they are a changin..

Posted by: Camelback

May 17, 2010 at 10:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

You people act as if this was the only place to ever get closed by the state.

He failed and failed for a while.

Posted by: Wildturkey

May 19, 2010 at 6 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The State will get the money that was stolen from patrons who paid the State and trusted the owners to forward it.

The building and the property will have a lien against their being sold. The State was just no longer willing to allow the thief to continue with a forced loan on his own terms.

Theft of that much money would be a felony and would result in prison if taken all at once. It will have absolutely no impact on me or on Tontitown except the next business might pay the taxes they collect? It might sell to a less expensive business that sells food that even the common citizen could afford? At least the name will live on at the location unless they rename the road.

Posted by: CurtisNeeley

May 19, 2010 at 8:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

See both sides of these comments. Too bad as it was a fine place to eat.

Posted by: popox6

May 24, 2010 at 7:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )