Saturday, December 29, 2012
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Arlington, and several other communities in the Boston area, lost a local favorite when Johnnie’s closed in November. Another local favorite, Brigham’s, gave Arlingtonians a scare in 2012, when it was seized by the state in May for “nonpayment of taxes.” Luckily, Brigham’s reopened a few days later. Gemma and Main Event Tuxedo also shuttered their doors in 2012. Gemma was supposed to become “Cooper’s Tavern,” but we’ve heard those plans have fallen through and there’s still a “For Lease” sign in the restaurant’s front window. Main Event Tuxedo did quickly transition to a new boutique, Arlington Centered, which opened in late September. Buona Vita Cucina Italiana became Scugnizzi Pizza & Kitchen, and I Chef became Napoli Kitchen. However, …
Friday, May 4, 2012
State releases seizure Friday after "payment agreement" reached.
The owners of the Brigham's in Arlington Heights have reclaimed their restaurant, state Department of Revenue spokesman Dan Bertrand said Friday morning. He said the owners have entered into a "payment agreement" with the state to tackle their overdue taxes. The restaurant, at the corner of Massachusetts and Park avenues, was seized by the state Tuesday. Check back with Arlington Patch for more information as it becomes available.
Dear Brigham’s, please don’t go.
When I was in third grade, I was on a pathetically bad Little League baseball team in my hometown of Lexington. We were so bad, in fact, that our coach promised to take us all to Chadwick’s for an infamous “Belly Buster” if we ever won a game. Now Chadwick’s was an old-timey ice cream parlor/restaurant near the Waltham town line, and the “Belly Buster,” well, it was an 18-scoop (if my memory’s correct) behemoth of a sundae that, after some extremely loud drumming and dinging of a bell, was carried out to your table on a stretcher. The Brigham’s in Arlington Heights, which got seized by the state Tuesday for overdue taxes, may not have this same pomp and circumstance (trust me, it was even more ridiculous than it sounds), but its simpler …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
A quick-hit guide to the restaurant's situation.
1.) THE BASICS: The Brigham’s restaurant at the corner of Massachusetts and Park avenues in Arlington Heights was seized by the state Department of Revenue Tuesday morning for “nonpayment of taxes.” The restaurant’s locks were changed, and a bright orange “SEIZED” notice (pictured) was put in its front-door window. 2.) HOW MUCH?: The restaurant’s owners, John Mercer and Steven Kupelnick, owe the state $92,387 in meals tax dating back to 2009, according to Department of Revenue spokesman Robert Bliss on Wednesday. 3.) NEXT STEPS: The owners have roughly four to six weeks to come up with a “substantial” down payment toward the overdue amount and to set up a payment plan, Bliss said. If they do, they’ll be allowed back in. If they don’t, the …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Arlington Heights restaurant has been seized for "nonpayment of taxes."
The Brigham’s restaurant at 1328 Massachusetts Ave. has been seized by the state for “nonpayment of taxes,” according to a bright orange notice in the restaurant’s front door Tuesday evening. The Brigham’s, one of the few, if not the only, one left in the state, has been a fixture at the corner of Massachusetts and Park avenues in Arlington Heights. The notice reads: “The business property of Brigham’s of Belmont/Brigham’s Ice Cream has been seized for nonpayment of taxes, and is now in possession of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Any person who attempts to tamper or interfere with this property will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” It’s signed, “Massachusetts Department of Revenue.” Check back with Arlington Patch for …