It really pains me to write this article and I’m really hoping for a happy ending to this.
As you probably know, SouthsideCentral is a big fan of Bronx Boy Bagels. That makes this story tough to report. Normally when you’re in business, it’s smart to use “other people’s money” to keep your business going. When the “other people’s money” is coming from the 6% meals tax that you’re collecting from your customers for business purposes, it’s wrong. While it’s admirable that Bronx Boy Bagels has kept all of their employees during the economic downturn, sometimes businesses are forced to make tough decisions. Taking the money that’s being paid to the city is simply wrong. As a customer, I choose to eat out and I have to pay the 6% meals tax when I make that choice. I expect that money to go to where it’s supposed to go.
This R&B article is only focusing on the ABC violations of not meeting “financial responsibility” requirements (as in not remitting the taxes that have been collected). The bigger part of this issue is that both owners of Bronx Boy Bagels are now facing Class 1 misdemeanor charges of not remitting the collected tax money. This doesn’t change my view on Bronx Boy Bagels or Judy & Steve Salamon. It’s a great place to eat and they work their butts off to offer the quality of their products. In fact, I feel that one way for them to get out of this trouble is for more people to go there and patronize their business often. These people deserve one second chance at getting things straight and I’ll be one of the people that will do what I can.