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Update: Enzo's Pizza Restaurant of Matawan Reopens After Being Seized by New Jersey Division of Taxation

The state agency says the pizzeria declared bankruptcy.

Enzo's Pizza Restaurant was reopened late on Thursday, April 4 after the property was seized only a day earlier by the New Jersey Division of Taxation. 

According to Bill Quinn, of the New Jersey Division of Taxation, the pizzeria has an outstanding balance of $350,672.77 in unpaid taxes, including sales tax, corporate tax and employer withholder tax. 

"On Thursday, April 4 they filed a bankruptcy peitition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court," Quinn said. "When they do that, we can't do any further collection efforts against them pending the outcome of their bankruptcy case."

Enzo's is being represented by Allen Gorski, an attorney specializing in bankruptcy and debtors with Teich Groh.

Customers of the popular pizzeria were alerted of the seizure by a neon orange sign posted on the door by the New Jersey Division of Taxation.

"The personal property contained herein has been seized, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:49-13A, for nonpayment of New Jersey state taxes," the sign stated.

Enzo's placed a handwritten, neon green sign next to it, promising hungry customers that they would be back soon.

"Sorry for any inconvience [sic]. We took a well needed mini vacation. We will be open soon," the sign reads.

LGA April 08, 2013 at 05:46 PM
I guess by filing bankruptcy he's admitting his guilt. As an Italian American, I'm ashamed of people like this. Just playing into stereotypes if you ask me. I'm sure there are 1000's of hard working, proud Italian Americans out there, but all you hear about are the one's who break the law.
Edith .R April 08, 2013 at 05:54 PM
:) I agreee!
Vinny April 08, 2013 at 06:32 PM
I've been going to Enzos every friday night for 2 yrs.. Frank is a stand up guy,,He always greets my family and I at the door with hugs and handshakes..The food is excellent,, The service and staff are wonderful..Melissa is an absolute sweetheart... He will continue to earn our business regardless of his situation..
MatawanHardworkingResident April 08, 2013 at 07:09 PM
filing emergency bankruptcy, which is what Enzos did, only keeps creditor(s) at bay. there are standards and guidelines for allowable/dischargeable taxes through chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy. according to the amount, he may be eligible for relief for only a fraction, if any at all. that will be determined by the bankruptcy court. personally, that he was withdrawing payroll taxes and charging his customers sales tax trusted to be paid directly to the state/IRS and not his pocket, is not just bad business, it's dishonest and it's theft. I choose to give my business to the plenty of honest, hardworking, tax paying business owners in our community.
LGA April 08, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Apparently it came from Bill Quinn and the owner's attorney Allen Gorski as stated below. According to Bill Quinn, of the New Jersey Division of Taxation, the pizzeria has an outstanding balance of $350,672.77 in unpaid taxes, including sales tax, corporate tax and employer withholder tax. "On Thursday, April 4 they filed a bankruptcy peitition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court," Quinn said. "When they do that, we can't do any further collection efforts against them pending the outcome of their bankruptcy case." Enzo's is being represented by Allen Gorski, an attorney specializing in bankruptcy and debtors with Teich Groh. I'm sorry this is happening to you since you seem to be an innocent bystander. But the man you are defending did this to you and your family. If you health insurance through Enzo's, I'd check and make sure he's paid the premium. Its not uncommon for employers to not pay other bills when they don't pay their taxes. I think you and the staff need to sit down with Frank and have a honest and open conversation and make the best descions for you and your families. If he's telling don't worry, I'd worry.
MatawanHardworkingResident April 08, 2013 at 07:18 PM
how does melissa feel about her withheld payroll deductions? how do frank's customers feel about the sales tax imposed on each order? if he's not giving the taxes to the intended party, where is it? what would melissa do if, lets say, her employer was deducting group health insurance from her paycheck but not paying the insurance? would she be as forgiving?
Alfieri April 08, 2013 at 07:20 PM
The fact of the matter is no one knows all the circumstances surrounding this citation by the tax authorities, the bankruptcy filing, and divorce issues fleecing him. Tax authorities make mistakes all the time, as a CPA I know this well. Also, to assume that he did something wrong because of the business he is in and that he is an Italian American is a terrible thing to do. I have only known Frank to be a great, welcoming man, working his tail off for his business. He runs a business and is allowed to cover his costs. To accuse him of ripping people off during Hurricane Sandy is terribly misguided. I'm no longer in the area, but if I were I would be at Enzo's supporting him.
V.S April 08, 2013 at 07:36 PM
yeah thats great, 350,000 due and offering meals on the house,,,that will get your bills paid!
JIM BUSCH April 08, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Come on, we all no its a CASH buss. So what there saying is he collected the tax and keep it.We all no he living large........ PAY UR TAXES LIKE WE ALL DO
MatawanHardworkingResident April 08, 2013 at 09:12 PM
They don't act like a respectable business, why should they be treated as one? $350,000+ leaves little room for "benefit of the doubt."
Joy April 08, 2013 at 09:22 PM
I am always amazed at how quick people are to judge on someone else's misfortune and how happy they are for it. People are disgusting. Someone stated early about Karma well I hope all of you who tried and convicted Frank without knowing all the facts have karma turn on you.
melissa April 08, 2013 at 09:49 PM
The bad mouthers are the true EVIL ones
LGA April 09, 2013 at 01:49 AM
So with that thinking, its OK for Catholic Priests to molest kids as long as they do something good?
Pat April 09, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Some of these comments are interesting. I know I am paying quite a bit more for groceries, fuel, utilities, medical care, and especially taxes. This business and others locally are having a difficult time making ends meet. The number of vacant stores and offices has increased sugnificantly. Why should this business be any different? This isn't about a business charging a few dollars more for a pizza during a storm. How nice he was willing to wait for gas to get supplies. Look at the bigger picture here folks. This guy is not alone. A lot of us are a paycheck away from being in his shoes. Things must change, and soon.
Concerned Citizen April 09, 2013 at 01:27 PM
How is being closed due to owing over $350k in outstanding taxes a "mini vacation"? And then he files for bankruptcy to get out of paying that $350k? This is crazy!! It's people like Enzo's & the builders of the houses on Cambridge Drive that cause our taxes to increase every year.
Pat April 09, 2013 at 10:03 PM
You can't bankrupt on the US Govt., child support. If you want to know why taxes keep going up, look no further than our local officials and the teachers union. They are the ones spending your money.
Juliana Bongiorni April 10, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Frank is a good guy at heart, I've known him for many many years. I do think he overcharged a bit during the storm but he was one of the few restaurants open during the storm and worked crazy to get the place up and running. Of course his food isnt the best but what restaurant is in Matawan? Go to new york for a good italian meal and stop complaining about the food! I also know that there is much more information in this than the public actually knows. Melissa is a great worker and sweet woman! Shes been working at Enzos for years. As an expectant mother she deserves to keep her job at Enzos instead of having all you wish the place would close. There are many sides to stories, ones that many of you dont know about. Stop saying rude things!
melissa April 10, 2013 at 02:20 AM
♥♡ Thank you for this comment. Its going to be tough raising a child in this world especially after I seen so many cruel things written.
Nicole Fernandez Turan April 10, 2013 at 03:15 AM
I'm glad Enzos is back open. Glad it was a big misunderstanding and taken care of quickly. People really should know their facts before the negativity comes out !! Frank donated for sandy and sponsors numerous local little leagues in the past. I Love there food and there staff especially the head waitress Melissa she is always such a sweetie! Glad Enzos is back open and everyone is back to having a job!! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
Mary Mcdonough April 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM
To those with judgmental comments; in America each of us is innocent til proven guilty. No one knows the COMPLETE story, though you seems to know all you WANT to know. Lynch mob mentality is wrong for our country. If you would like to get angry about something, aim your judgments at the big corps that rob us all every day to the tune of BILLIONS, not thousands. And while you're at it CALL YOUR congressman and get him to get to work. We as a community need to stand together, not pick each other apart!
Deana April 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM
I have always had a pleasant experience at Enzo's especially my first 1.... The owner let us try a number of different things and at no charge.... I don't see how all this miscommunication could go on to bash such a great family like establishment..... Even our waitress Melissa was amazing!!! I'm glad everything worked out and that Enzo's is back in business... I'll be in soon save me a table!
Dannygirl April 11, 2013 at 04:05 AM
I went there one day and I had no money and everyone was eating and he offered me food and I talked with his family and he is far from cheap he brought me out everything on the menu if the pizza cost 20 I would pay that but even if I didn't have that they would take what I have and tell me don't worry about it if you other posters had a problem with his price he would've been reasonable with you of you had said it to his face and not on this post he treats everyone like family I only ate there 2x because I live in NY but I am happy they have reopened amazing job guys !
sammy k April 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM
The State of NJ sent him the tax letter in March, 2011 as public record.
sammy k April 11, 2013 at 11:04 PM
He is back in business. He has filed for the protection of the U. S. Bankruptcy Court Chapter 11.
sammy k April 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM
His ex-wife is looking for the court ordered child support.
sammy k April 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Denino's is very good also, and a very busy place.
sammy k April 11, 2013 at 11:08 PM
We all pay more taxes when someone doesn't pay their fair share.
sammy k April 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM
All the other restaurants in the neighborhood were crowded, with a wait, Thursday at 6:45 pm. Enzo's parking lot only had a white Corvette.
sammy k April 11, 2013 at 11:13 PM
The local police should also give their business to honest, tax paying business owners.
jerry flynn April 12, 2013 at 08:37 PM
They should have closed him down for serving bad pizza. Thank god for Deninos and Esposito's

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