CBJ wants city to protest Zephyr Restaurant liquor license application

Back taxes owed

The popular Zephyr Restaurant at Second and Seward regularly rings with live music and the sounds of popping corks, but the city’s Finance staff has asked the city Human Resources Committee to consider a recommended protest of the business’ liquor license renewal.

That move follows a similar threat of protest earlier this month against owner Haydar Suyun’s Sprazzo restaurant on Franklin Street. In a letter dated March 15, Deputy Clerk Beth McEwen urged Suyun to attend the hearing.

The reason: back taxes owed to the city totalling just over $10,000.

Suyun said Sunday that he never got the warning letter, but is aware of the back taxes. He said he has been in contact with the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, and he has until May when the board meets next to settle tax issues with Sprazzo and Zephyr.

“I guess I will have to go down to the city tomorrow,” Suyun said.

The committee meets March 27 at 6 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers. The HRC is expected to forward its recommendations on the matter to the Assembly when it meets April 1 at 7 p.m. in the Chambers.

In other business, the committee will discuss 1 percent for Art panel appointments for art to decorate the Mendenhall Valley Library Project.

Two of the he applicants are Library Director Robert Barr, and landscape architect and long-time library advocate Rai Behnert.

The Committee will also hear an annual report from Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee Chair Jeffrey Wilson and appointments to that commission.

The commission will also revisit business from February regarding the Aquatic Facilities Advisory Board Governing Resolution.That panel recently began its third year in existence and has overseen the opening of the new Dimond Aquatic Center, which will be the home of the ASAA 2013-2014 State High School Championship Meet, an activity usually hosted in Anchorage. That panel reported a 23 percent rise in use at both pools this past year.

• Contact Managing Editor John R. Moses at 523-2265 or at john.moses@juneauempire.com.

 

Note: This article has been modified to correct the location of the restaurant.

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