Trigger and Lime, two Castro area businesses owned by the same man, have lost their liquor licenses, at least temporarily, due to apparent tax troubles.
A sign at Trigger, which is at 2344 Market Street, says the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has ordered a suspension of the business’s permits.
The San Francisco bar’s liquor license was set to expire Wednesday, February 29, according to state data. The records show that on April 2, 2008, the state Board of Equalization placed a hold on the license. The sign posted at Trigger today bears the initials “B.O.E.”
ABC spokesman John Carr said that the state board “asked us to post a delinquent taxpayer suspension notice, so that’ s what we did.” He said when Trigger can sell alcoholic drinks again is up to the BOE.
A BOE staffer said he was prohibited by law from commenting on Trigger.
Trigger owner Greg Bronstein previously refused to discuss his apparent problems with the state board, and he didn’t respond to interview requests Thursday afternoon.
Deckel Israeli, Bronstein’s assistant, said in a recent email to the Bay Area Reporter, “Any alleged holds on our licenses have been resolved.”
Bronstein has gotten into trouble with neighbors and city officials in recent years because of noise from the club, and he’s been working to pay off $50,000 in fines. City staff and area residents recently said that they’re satisfied with changes Bronstein’s been making.
[UPDATED FRIDAY, MARCH 2]:
A note at Trigger Thursday night said the bar would open again today (Friday, March 2.)
The liquor license for Lime, another Bronstein business, was also suspended Thursday. A sign similar to the one at Trigger was posted at the eatery, at 2247 Market Street, which is known for drawing daytime drinkers.
According to the state ABC, there are two holds on the Lime license, which was set to expire Wednesday.
One hold is from the BOE. Another is from the state Franchise Tax Board. That hold is dated January 26, 2012.
Denise Azimi, a tax board spokeswoman, said in an email today, “This is a standard procedure for us. We issued 440 liquor license holds within the last 12 months. I cannot speak specifically about the taxpayer in question due to confidentiality laws.”
There was no sign at Lime on Thursday night of when the restaurant might reopen.
A phone number listed on the business’s website wasn’t working Friday morning.