Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q restaurant in El Dorado was closed Tuesday for “unexpected maintenance,” according to a hand-written note taped to the door. Agents and officers of the California Highway Patrol and the State Board of Equalization were conducting operations inside the building but would not comment on what or for whom they were looking.
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The note stated that the popular watering hole would be “closed till later,” but provided no estimate of when “later” might be.
Officers in the Placerville office of the CHP told the Mountain Democrat that their personnel were not involved and could add no details on the operation.
Staff in the office of Second District Board of Equalization Member George Runner said they were not aware of the operation but generally could “neither confirm nor deny” their department’s activity with respect to a specific case. Tax payer information is confidential unless or until released by a judge and made public.
Communications director for the Second District, David Duran, explained that the board typically would send a letter out to a taxpayer indicating there was a problem and encouraging voluntary compliance. The latter could include requesting an appeal or setting up a payment schedule.
“I encourage any taxpayer who runs afoul of the tax agency to call Mr. Runner,” Duran urged.
He said he would pass on any information that becomes public regarding Tuesday’s events at Poor Red’s.
The Mountain Democrat received an anonymous call shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday. The caller said Poor Red’s was open. A call to the restaurant confirmed that it had reopened at 3, but the individual who answered said he would not answer any questions.