The home of the Wake & Bake Burger has been put to sleep in Williamsburg.
The State Department of Taxation and Finance has slapped its dread orange sticker on the window of BAD Burger, announcing to all of Grand Street that the “property has been seized for nonpayment of taxes and is now in possession of the State of New York.” A separate letter announcing the seizure is dated July 9.
The “Breakfast All Day” diner’s younger East Village location was open as of last night, when we left the owners a message requesting comment (an employee said the businesses are run independently).
According to a spokesperson for the state tax department, the business has withheld enough sales tax since 2010 to rack up a warranted assessment balance of $137,398.58.
“We’ll continue to work with the taxpayer to either arrange for payment in full or establish a payment plan so that the business can reopen,” the spokesperson said.
In the meantime Williamsburgers will have to look elsewhere for a Bracon’ Bad sandwich.
The original version of this post was updated to include comment from the tax department.
Update, Aug. 3: The Williamsburg location of BAD Burger is back in business. An employee of the location said it reopened about two weeks ago.