Java Joe's Officially Back in Business

By Lindsay Nielsen


February 29, 2012 Updated Feb 29, 2012 at 7:42 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A popular downtown coffee shop, seized after failing to pay its taxes, now has an open sign on its door.

The New York Department of Taxation and Finance allowed Java Joe's at 81 State Street to resume business.

Java Joe's was ordered to shut down on Wednesday because its owners failed to pay taxes.

The outstanding tax warrant was more than $12,000.

Spokesperson Ed Walsh said ,"What I can say is the taxpayer worked with the Tax Department to negotiate the terms for the reopening of the business. I can't comment on the specifics."

Owner Tina Kuenzli says it paid an initial down payment and will make monthly payments to settle the tax bill.

Customers were back this morning.

"I was kind of upset for our city first of all and personally as well but there's not many places in downtown Binghamton that have the kind of unique feel that this place has and to have that potentially not be here anymore was a shake to a lot of people psyches that come here daily," says regular, Tim Gleason of Binghamton.

Some customers said they wouldn't mind if she had to raise her prices to make the payments.

Kuenzli tells Action News it's something she is considering.