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City to protest Zephyr liquor license

Posted: April 1, 2013 - 9:13pm  |  Updated: April 2, 2013 - 12:04am

Downtown Juneau’s Zephyr restaurant is in danger of losing the booze in its expansive, well-stocked bar.

City and Borough of Juneau staff have recommended the city protest the renewal of Zephyr’s liquor license in an attempt to recover around $15,000 in late sales and property tax.

The city Assembly agreed to proceed with the protest at its regular meeting Monday night.

Zephyr is owned by Haydar Suyun of Juneau. The city has also recommended a protest of Suyun’s Sprazzo LLC restaurant, which also owes back taxes.

Sprazzo’s license is being protested for its lack of updated sprinkler system inspections and late taxes, which totaled $4,951.60 as of March 1. Zephyr has an outstanding balance of more than $10,000 in property and sales tax, interest and penalties owed to the city.

Suyun did not comment during a city Human Resources Committee meeting on March 27. He did not attend Monday’s meeting.

Zephyr LLC’s Restaurant Liquor License is up for renewal with the Alcohol Beverage Control Board for 2013-2014. The city plans to send its protest to the ABC during a review scheduled for May.

CBJ Deputy Municipal Clerk Beth McEwen said Juneau’s fire department revoked its protest of Zephyr’s fire sprinkler system. An uninspected section of system is not a part of Suyun’s restaurant, McEwen said.

McEwen also said that the city was allowed to hold an informal review of the protest during Monday’s Assembly meeting. However, neither Suyun nor a representative was on hand.

The Assembly agreed to protest without objection. 

Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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