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Schenectady Hot Harry's reopens after tax resolution

Schenectady Hot Harry's reopens after tax resolution

Restaurant was seized by the state for nonpayment of sales tax
Schenectady Hot Harry's reopens after tax resolution
Hot Harry's on Upper Union Street in Schenectady.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

SCHENECTADY — Hot Harry's Fresh Burritos' Upper Union Street eatery reopened Friday morning, after being seized Wednesday by the state for nonpayment of sales taxes.

Hot Harry's Executive Vice President Samir Abdallah said Friday that the franchise location reopened at 10 a.m., after reaching an agreement through mediation with the state Tax Department.

“We are grateful to our loyal customers for their kind and supportive comments on social media and, of course, to the agents of the tax department with whom we were able to arrive at a mutually beneficial arrangement for our Schenectady franchise," Abdallah said in a prepared statement.

Two warrants issued by the state Department of Taxation and Finance earlier this year listed total back taxes of $17,329.10 for the Upper Union Street location, according to department spokesman James Gazzale. The unpaid taxes span a period from October 2015 to December 2016.

Hot Harry's, a small franchise chain, was founded in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. For a while, made its headquarters at the 1625 Union St. location, which was seriously damaged in a 2009 fire that closed the business for three months.

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