Apricots Restaurant Didn't Pay July Taxes: Farmington Town Manager

The town of Farmington did not receive July 2017 real estate taxes from Apricots Restaurant, which abruptly closed last week, town officials said.

According to a Fox 61 report, employees showed up to work at Apricots last Thursday to find the door locked with chains. A sign on the door read “Closed Till Further Notice.”

Town Manager Kathleen Eagen wrote in an email Wednesday that the town has since placed liens on the property, located at 1593 Farmington Ave.

The restaurant, owned by Ann Howard and Joe Howard Jr., opened in 1983 and sits along Route 4 with bucolic seating along the banks of the Farmington River.

Electronic land records do not indicate that the building has been sold or foreclosed. No building permits have been taken out for the property at 1593 Farmington Ave. since 2005.

Eagen said that the town “did not have advance notice of the closing and we have not received confirmation from Apricots that they have officially closed.

“Currently town staff are attempting to learn what the future plans are from the restaurant,” Eagen wrote. “What we learn about the future plans will determine which avenue we will pursue to collect the taxes owed to the town.”

Court records reveal financial troubles for the Howards, between a recent disputes surrounding Ann Howard's Hartford-based catering company, Ann Howard Catering LLC.

According to a June 23 court filing, Ann Howard and Joe Howard Jr. defaulted on a $450,000 loan for their home, at 24 Mountain Road, in Farmington.

No notice of the closure was posted on the restaurant website as of Wednesday afternoon.

Courant Staff Writers Leeanne Griffin and Matthew Kauffman contributed to this report.

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