Maker's Cigar Lounge and Piano Bar, 100 Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown was ordered closed Nov. 29 by the Oklahoma County District Court for non-compliance of payment of sales taxes totaling more than $267,000.
The immediate, temporary restraining order was issued to the bar's owner, Clinton B. Greenhaw, due to a lawsuit filed against the business by the Oklahoma Tax Commission. The OTC initially sued the business in October 2006 for civil relief of more than $10,000. The initial filing indicated the defendant was delinquent in the payment of sales tax in the amount of nearly $122,000 plus accrued interest.
Marjorie Welch, interim general counsel for the OTC, said if a business has been closed by the court, the owner must come to the tax commission to try to make satisfactory arrangements for payment. If an agreement is reached, the business owner must return to district court to ask to have the restraining order lifted.
Welch confirmed the bar owes the OTC $267,546.99 with accrued interest through November.
In court documents, the defendant's lawyer is listed as Richard C. Labarthe. Greenhaw and Labarthe could not be reached for comment.