Bolton's Ryefield seized, owner vows a bailout

BOLTON LANDING The Ryefield Bar and Restaurant was seized late Tuesday for non-payment of state sales tax, and owner Paul Garlick of Bolton said Wednesday he is looking for ways to raise money to get it back from the state agents so he can reopen it. The renowned restaurant on Lakeshore Drive was seized based on a tax warrant filed with the Warren County Clerk for $19,078.92 of unpaid sales taxes and associated fees, according to Tom Bergin, spokesman for the state Dept. of Taxation and Finance. The state has given Garlick 10 days to come up with the money to pay the warrant, or he could see the business assets sold by the state at a public auction. The warrant reflects tax money owed over several years. Wednesday, there were fluerescent-orange warning stickers saying Seized posted on the Ryefields windows. Im in shock over what has happened, Garlick said Wednesday. This business is my livelihood. He said he would be looking for financial help to bail out his restaurant as soon as possible. Im trying to decide how to get out of this situation. My wife and I started this restaurant 24 years ago. Garlick's wife, Susan, passed away three years ago at a young age. Bergin said he could not comment on this particular case, but the state makes repeated attempts to collect before a property is seized for non-payment of sales tax. After the initial seizure, attempts are made to negotiate a settlement before a business assets are auctioned off, Bergin said. Garlick said hed be working hard looking for ways to keep his restaurant open, an eatery that has a longstanding reputation for good food and a fun, social atmosphere. I will be doing whatever I can, he said. Well be open again soon, somehow.

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