Sheriffs closed and seized all the liquor at the Roadhouse Bar and Grill and the adjacent off-sales store yesterday at 11 a.m. due to taxes the proprietor owes the Canada Revenue Agency.
“CRA is forcing the sale of the bar through a writ of seizure to the sheriff to recoup the outstanding taxes,” federal court representative Roula Eatrides said in an email.
Bar owner Crystal McEachern owes approximately $125,000 for income, goods, and services taxes, which should have been collected and remitted to the government, Eatrides said.
Under the Income Tax Act, she owes $28,962.74. McEachern must also pay $96,663.71 under the Excise Tax Act for her sales.
“It’s such a big thing because it affects so many people right now. I’m not really sure what’s happening,” McEachern said.
Fifteen employees work at the bar.
McEachern said she’s now in contact with the Canada Revenue Agency and is figuring out what to do.
The closing came as a surprise to McEachern and she has not yet seen the exact amounts she owes. “At this point I don’t want to say too much, but those are just estimates because I just filed paperwork,” she said.
According to the case documents, the court order was certified on April 3.
All alcohol and cash has been seized in both the store and bar, states the notice of seizure.