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Longtime restaurant $31,000 behind in taxes is closed by Kansas Department of Revenue

A Mexican restaurant that’s operated in Andover for more than 10 years has been closed since Monday after being seized by the state for failure to pay taxes.

A news release from the Kansas Department of Revenue said that the department, accompanied by the Andover Police department, executed tax warrants at Las Palmas, 119 W. Central in Andover, on Monday morning. The restaurant’s assets were seized for nonpayment of retail sales tax, liquor tax and withholding tax totaling $31,363.56.

The restaurant, usually bustling, now sits empty with public notices on the doors.

Las Palmas is owned by Samuel Torres. On Wednesday, the restaurant’s general manager, Adriana Molina, described Las Palmas as a small, family-owned restaurant that has had some of the same troubles many small businesses do.

“There were some tax issues we were working on and trying to resolve, but unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time or money to do so,” she said.

Molina said the owners are reorganizing and reassessing and trying to determine if they’ll be able to reopen elsewhere. She said she hoped to post plans about the restaurant’s future on its Facebook page by the end of the week.

The news release listed assets seized as including all known bank accounts, on-site cash, business inventory, and personal property belonging to the owner. The assets will be sold at public auction, it said, and the proceeds will pay for the delinquent taxes.

Las Palmas had been operating in Andover since 2008 and specialized in dishes like molcajetes and $1 margaritas on Thursday.

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