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Hi-Fi Pizza in Fields Corner seized over unpaid taxes; owner hopes to reopen soon

Posted by Patrick Rosso  January 8, 2013 05:12 PM

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(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2013)


Hi-Fi Pizza Restaurant had a "seized" sign on its front door Tuesday afternoon.

The Hi-Fi Pizza Restaurant, a fixture in the Fields Corner section of Dorchester, has been shuttered by the state’s Department of Revenue. for failure to pay its taxes.

The pizzeria, located at 1508 Dorchester Ave., was raided by State Police and state revenue officials Tuesday afternoon. A bright orange sign posted on the door stated, “seized for non-payment of taxes.”

The closure was first reported by the Dorchester Reporter newspaper

Prodromos Hatzidtefanou, the owner of the eatery, said he hopes to reopen the shop soon.

“I’m trying to get it sorted out,” said Hatzidtefanou, who has owned the pizzeria for 10 years. “We’re going to hopefully be opening back up in a couple of days.”

According to the Department of Revenue, the restaurant was reprimanded for unpaid taxes totaling $26,559.89.

Ann Dufresne, a spokeswoman for the department, said businesses can open as soon as a payment plan has been worked out with the agency.

“When we went in this morning it was for local meals tax withholding and corporate tax owed. Some of it was outstanding since November of 2005,” Dufresne said. “So we basically go in and take possession of any property associated with the business.”

Dufresne said the Department of Revenue sealed the premises with a new lock after the scheduled raid.

“Our system is built on voluntary compliance and when someone doesn’t pay, these kind of seizures are a consequence,” Dufresne said.

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