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State plans to sell Lone Star fixtures to pay back taxes

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By Crystal Nelson

Colorado Department of Revenue officials recently seized the Brighton Lone Star Steakhouse restaurant, 305 Pavilions Place, along with three others that closed across the state.

State officials plan to hold auctions at the seized restaurants to recoup $93,234 in unpaid taxes from multiple sales tax and wage withholding licenses, according to Mim Mirsky, a spokeswoman for the department of revenue. No auction date has been set, Mirsky said. The other three seized restaurant locations were not immediately available.

Officials plan to sell “all personal property, furniture, fixtures, equipment and inventory,” according to the public sale notice on the front door of the Brighton Lone Star Steakhouse building.

Calls to Lone Star parent company Day Star Restaurant Group in Plano, Texas, were not immediately returned. 

Brighton’s Lone Star Steakhouse closed for business abruptly on Friday, Jan. 20. Restaurant employees were given a letter from the restaurant’s corporate office as they showed up to work that day.

“As you know, Day Star Restaurant Holdings LLC and its restaurant brands, Texas Land & Cattle and Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon have been experiencing financial difficulties. Unfortunately, we must now close numerous locations, including your location, effective immediately,” the letter read.

Brighton economic development officials tried to reach out to the company, but have not heard back, Marv Falconburg, assistant city manager for development, said at a recent city meeting.

“We are trying to work with them,” Falconburg said.

City Councilman Mark Humbert expressed surprise at the closure, saying it was his impression that the Brighton restaurant was the highest grossing Lone Star location in the state.

Restaurants in California, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota also have closed, Falconburg said.

Reporter Tony White contributed to this report