BLOOMINGTON — The future of a longtime Bloomington restaurant on the city's east side is unknown.
CJ’s Restaurant and Catering, which has known issues with unpaid rent and unpaid municipal taxes, has been closed for at least a week.
“CJ’s will be closed until ? Thank you,” reads a sign on the door.
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There was no answer at the restaurant. Efforts to reach owner Peter Goranitis were not successful.
Last week, the Bloomington Liquor Commission suspended the restaurant’s liquor license for failure to pay municipal taxes. City officials say the restaurant owes approximately $5,000 in estimated municipal taxes, and the check for a recent renewal of the liquor license was returned for non-sufficient funds.
The taxes and license renewal have not yet been paid, city officials confirmed Monday.
Goranitis is due in court April 25 for a status hearing on the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority’s attempt to take possession of the building located at 2901 E. Empire St. near the former Central Illinois Regional Airport. The restaurant owes a significant amount of money under the terms of its lease, said William Wetzel, an attorney for the airport authority.