SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Less than a week after being seized by the New Jersey Division of Taxation, Maria’s Restaurant & Pizzeria on Park Avenue reopened for business on Wednesday.

According to owner Mike Reyhan, the business paid the required fees to avoid a cease in operation and happily rejoined the neighborhood.

“Taxation closed me down but they got their check now,” Reyhan said. “A lot of customers came in today, more than I was expecting.”

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An outpouring of support came through Facebook, the owner said, where loyal customers assured the community that Maria’s would be back soon.

Sandwiched between the storefronts along Park Avenue with only a rear entrance, Maria’s will continue serving downtown Scotch Plains after a short “vacation." is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.