SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - A vacant kitchen and tattered canopy are all that remains of Maria's Restaurant and Pizzeria in Scotch Plains.
As of Wednesday, March 16, the business was officially seized by the State of New Jersey Division of Taxation. A fluorescent orange notice signed by Assistant Chief Brian O'Connell hangs in the window, reading:
The property contained herein has been seized, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:49-13A, for non-payment of New Jersey State taxes by the virtue of warrant(s) of execution of certificate(s) of debt docketed in the Superior Court of New Jersey.
All persons are warned not to remove or tamper with this property in any manner, under penalty of the law.
Established in the mid-1980s, Maria's stood by its family-owned business model for nearly three decades. The restaurant was bought in 1993 by Mike Reyhan, who sold it in 2006 and repurchased it in 2009.
There is no word whether Maria's will request a seizure release. According to the IRS, a minimum bid will be calculated and allow the owners to challenge the fair market value determination.