Deputies padlock local pub more than $17K behind on drink tax



PITTSBURGH - A popular pub in the Spring Garden neighborhood was padlocked Friday morning for failing to pay the Allegheny County drink tax.

Sheriff’s deputies locked the doors at Parrott’s Pub on Spring Garden Avenue.

The county treasurer said the pub’s owner owes more than $17,000 in drink tax.

Friday was the second time Parrott’s Pub has been padlocked for failure to pay the tax.

“Honestly, I thought about going there tonight. Now, I see that’s not going to happen,” customer Kevin Nelson said.

Others were surprised to hear the news about the bar.

“I spend a lot of money in there. My neighbors spend money in there. No reason they should have to shut the bar down,” Mary Trammell said.

The bar could reopen if the taxes are paid by Oct. 29. If not, the bar will be seized.