Java Joe's Last Brew?

By Lindsay Nielsen

February 24, 2012 Updated Feb 24, 2012 at 7:11 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A popular coffee shop in downtown Binghamton was ordered to shut down because its owners failed to pay their taxes.

"I was really disappointed I hadn't heard the news and it's a favorite coffee spot I was just really disappointed to find that it was closed and there must be an issue with back taxes," says customer Cynthia Krendl of Binghamton.

The State Department of Taxation and Finance closed Java Joe's at 81 State Street in downtown Binghamton on Wednesday, due to an outstanding tax warrant for more than $12,000 dollars in back taxes.

When businesses get behind on taxes they often enter into payment plans to re-open, but Spokesman for the Department, Edward Walsh, says generally the department does not seize a business when it is cooperating on payment plans.

A seizure sign is what customers who attempted to enter the coffee shop on Friday saw on its front door.

One loyal Java Joe customer says she wants to see it re-open as soon as possible and would even be willing to help.

"It's a relaxed place to come and the food is great and you know if she wanted to charge a couple dollars more for a great sandwich that'd be ok with me if she can get it open again. I hope they can get their finances squared away and re-open, everybody will miss them," says customer Sue Hester of Binghamton.

Walsh said he could not comment any further on the specific case against Java Joe's due to privacy laws.