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Shady Lady Reopens Days After Being Seized By NYS Tax Department

The Shady Lady (Google Maps)

Aug. 27, 2018 By Tara Law

Astoria restaurant and bar The Shady Lady has reopened after being seized earlier this month by the New York State Department of Taxation.

The owners of American-style eatery announced their reopening on Facebook yesterday. The Shady Lady has operated since 2013 at 34-19 30th Ave.

A spokesperson for the Tax Department said today that the department returned the restaurant’s keys on Aug. 22 after seizing the storefront on Aug. 16.

The restaurant, at the time it was shut down, owed $374,494.37 in taxes dating back to 2016, a spokesperson for the Tax Department said on Aug. 17.

A spokesperson for the Tax Department would not provide additional details about the case.

The department considers seizing a business to be its last resort, the spokesperson said. The department typically contacts businesses repeatedly before seizing their facilities.

The Shady Lady’s owners did not respond to a request for comment by the time this article was published.

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Was it payroll taxes? Or like that hotdog joint that was not paying its employee’s taxes into the IRS? (Despicable, that one). That’s something I would want to know before deciding to go there.


If Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden managed to over come its bad press after someone received a receipt in which a waiter wrote to spit on his burger then there is hope for other places to reopen and start again.

Noo Yooka

That was one quick wake-up call. Either pay or have the business put into receivership and operated by the tax man. They did that to Umberto’s Clam House years ago after the killing.


Why would anyone support a business who doesn’t support their customers? $375,000 is a lot of taxes and considering that their primary customers are Astorians, it’s shameful that they believe their tax dollars are more important than ours. I have never been here and will never do so. Shady, indeed.


Support their customers? Anyone who can afford to eat there is unlikely to be on public assistance.


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