The Independent owes $90K in back taxes, was fined twice for illegally purchasing alcohol

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The Independent in Uptown has racked up a massive tab with the Minnesota Department of Revenue that it will need to pay off before it can reopen for business: over $90,000 in unpaid taxes.

The giant bill is just the latest problem facing the troubled Uptown bar.

The Independent was barred from purchasing alcohol last November after it was listed in the Department of Revenue's monthly Liquor Posting--a list of tax delinquents who alcohol wholesalers, manufacturers, and brewers are forbidden from selling booze to.

Despite being listed, the bar continued business as usual until June, when it shut down as its license expired. City Pages asked how the Independent could stay open without the ability to purchase alcohol, and now we have an answer: They bought it illegally.

Grant Wilson, manager of licenses and consumer services with the Minneapolis Regulatory Services Department, tells City Pages that the Independent was twice fined for buying alcohol after it was listed on the Liquor Posting.

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James Nelson, general manager of the Independent, did not respond to requests for comment.
The first fine was issued to the Independent February 24, for having purchased Michelob products, and the second came down May 22, for purchasing Bud Selects. Bars on the liquor posting are allowed to sell whatever booze they have stockpiled but are not allowed to purchase more. The Department of Public Safety sends inspectors to bars on the posting list to check their alcohol supply's "born on" date.

The fines amounted to $200 for the first offense and $400 for the second, which the bar owners paid off. But the bar also owes the Department of Revenue $90,000 in back taxes, which will likely be much harder to pay off.

Department of Revenue agents filed two liens against Urban Entrepreneurs, LLC, the parent company of the Independent, this spring: one with the Secretary of State on May 4, for $61,788.57, and another with Hennepin County on May 5, for $29,755.87.

The Independent will not be able to renew its license without a tax clearance certificate from the Department of Revenue, according to Wilson. So it'll be awhile before the bar can reopen.

General manager James Nelson did not respond to numerous requests for comment.

Previous coverage:
Government shutdown forces closure of The Independent in Uptown



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the hack
the hack

The ultimate problem is that commercial rent in Uptown proper is sky high these days and the restaurant industry is not in good shape. My guess is the Independent is out of money, and done.

Academyroots
Academyroots

Given the hard economy, I think we shouldn't all be so quick to jump on one person or restaurant.  I know of many other struggling restaurants that could be in their same position.  We should show compassion and support for one of the best local restaurants in Uptown.  I actually find this story quite sad and wish them well.

WhoisCeelo
WhoisCeelo

Too bad James Nelson can't go to jail for conning the system.  I wonder where the $90,000 will come from? Bankruptcy?

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Asdf

They got off light on the fines.  They were illegally obtaining liquor and beer for months.  I work for a bar that does probably 1/4 the revenue that The Independent did on a monthly basis.  We go through approximately 24 cases of liqour, 32 kegs of beer, and at least 50 cases of bottled and caned beer per month.  Take that times the amount of months The Independent was supposedly not able to acquire more inventory... there is no way they could have planned ahead and bought thousands of dollars of product to keep their coolers and tap lines filled.

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