Your Tax Bill Is Getting Cold: Late Payments Prompted Kushi Closure
Reporting for WaPo, Y&H alum Tim Carman gets the scoop on Kushi's tax troubles, which prompted city officials to abruptly shutter the izakaya eatery over the weekend. Co-owners Darren Lee Norris and Ari Kushimoto Norris admit to sending in their monthly $10,000 checks to the D.C. government a bit later than their repayment plan allows. Deeming the tardy payments a breach of contract, the city demanded that Kushi pony up for its full bill: more than $129,000 in unpaid sales taxes. Carman reports that the husband-wife team "paid about half the back taxes on Monday and then provided documentation that they could gather the reminder of the $129,000 in two to three weeks." Kushi reopened on Monday for dinner.