H Street NE Cajun/creole restaurant TruOrleans has faced a litany of troubles this year—from a liquor license protest to multiple lawsuits from vendors to potential eviction from its landlord. But unpaid D.C. sales and use taxes ultimately shut down the restaurant today.
ANC commissioner Mark Eckenwiler tweeted a photo of a suspension notice posted outside the restaurant today.
A tax lien filed with the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue’s Recorder of Deeds on July 12 shows that the restaurant owes more than $101,000 in sales and use tax, penalties, and interest.
Owner James “Tru” Redding has not responded to multiple requests for comment in recent months. A call to the restaurant this afternoon went unanswered.
Y&H’s column this week will focus on the many legal and financial troubles of TruOrleans and Redding. Stay tuned.