State closes A Bicycle Service over taxes

WICHITA — Alcoholic Beverage Control agents with the Kansas Department of Revenue this week seized the assets of A Bicycle Service in Derby. The state says the company owes $56,254 in state withholding tax.

Owner Richard Bledsoe couldn’t be reached for comment.

The state closed all three of Bledsoe’s stores, include A Bicycle Service shops in Andover and El Dorado.

In a press release, the state said, “Only after several unsuccessful attempts does the department take the action of seizing assets, which in this instance resulted in the business being closed.”

State closes west-side EconoLodge

UPDATED –The state has closed the EconoLodge at 600 S. Holland near Kellogg and Ridge for nonpayment of taxes.

At noon Tuesday, officials from the state Department of Revenue and the Alcoholic Beverage Control seized the assets of Petali Inc., which Bhupendra Patel owns.

Patel couldn’t be reached for comment.

A Tennessee bank, Community South, and the Small Business Administration also have filed to foreclose on the business. There will be a Feb. 29 sheriff’s sale of the property.

According to state documents, Patel owes $230,629.68 in transient guest taxes from October 2008 to December 2010 and $10,157.88 for sales tax in parts of 2010 and 2011. A sheriff’s auction will be scheduled to sell the contents and other assets of the business.

The west-side EconoLodge is not affiliated with the east-side EconoLodge at 8302 E. Kellogg.



Angela’s Cafe on East Central is struggling this week even though it’s not the one with fire and tax issues

WICHITA — Between a fire at one Angela’s Cafe and tax problems with the owner of another Angela’s, the Angela’s Cafe at 901 E. Central is struggling with dwindling sales this week.

That’s even though owner Maria Romero’s business is separate from the ones other family members run.

“We don’t even have any contact with each other,” she says.

Officers from the Kansas Department of Revenue and Alcoholic Beverage Control this week seized the business assets of Jorge Romero, Maria Romero’s brother.

Jorge Romero has the Angela’s at 2119 W. 21st St. The Revenue Department said it executed tax warrants on Wednesday for unpaid state sales tax of more than $18,900.

Also Wednesday, a fire gutted the Angela’s Cafe at 10901 E. Kellogg. The cause is still under investigation.

Maria Romero says her business has no tax issues and hasn’t suffered a fire, but the problems at the other two Angela’s restaurants are affecting hers.

“We’re just a little nervous,” she says. “We’re not having any business at all. Not even our regulars are here.

“It’s just a shame.”