Murky DC Evicted, Tax Charges Loom

A few days back we wrote about the eviction of Murky Coffee’s Capitol Hill shop. Now, it seems that they weren’t paying more than just their rent. There’s a $427,000 tax bill waiting for them at the DC Office of Tax & Revenue for 18 months of unpaid sales taxes and franchise taxes.

It’s pretty much a guarantee that Murky Coffee in DC is gone for good. Murky in Arlington is under a separate corporation, but the Post reports that they owe $20,000 to the Virginia Commissioner of the Revenue.

You can read Nick Cho’s explanation for the events, as well.

I hope that they’re able to keep their other shop open, settle their debts with the DC OTR and get a new shop open in DC. The Staff of Murky Coffee has always been excellent, both in service and in personality, and their coffee is the best I’ve had, and Murky in Arlington has been my “third place” for years. Here’s hoping they can get all of it worked out. Good luck, Nick & the Gang.

6 Comments so far

  1. Don (dc_don) on March 21st, 2008 @ 12:30 pm

    That’s too bad, but it’s to Nick’s credit that he’s being communicative with the public and owning up to his own culpability in the matter. I think it also speaks well of him that (from what he has written in other blog posts) while he clearly wishes he’d had more luck getting access to the DC government and some assistance from them, he’s not playing the woe-is-me little-guy big-government card as so many people do in such cases.

    Good luck, Murky. I hope Nick can work this out and hire a business manager who will stay on top of this stuff in the future.


  2. tomswift on March 21st, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

    The fact that you speak endearingly about Murky and hope for it to reopen, despite their demonstrated propensity to not be a good corporate citizen and pay their tax bills on time and in full, makes me question your commitment to the DC community.


  3. Don (dc_don) on March 21st, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

    Since they won’t be allowed to reopen unless they pay those taxes I would think the implied support of DC would be pretty evident.


  4. Tom Bridge (tbridge) on March 21st, 2008 @ 2:08 pm

    Liking the coffee, liking the staff, and liking the atmosphere are not dependent on also liking their bookkeeping habits, tomswift. I can like a lot of things about a place and be frustrated with their financial practices at the same time.


  5. Don (dc_don) on March 21st, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

    Like America!


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