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      State closes Syra-Juice bar for lack of sales tax payments

      Signs posted by the state in the window of Syra-Juice Friday morning

      A popular juice bar has been closed after officials say the owner failed to pay state sales taxes.

      On Wednesday, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance issued an order closing the ??Syra-Juice?? bar in the Marshall Square Mall on University Avenue, just off of the Syracuse University campus.

      Tax Department spokesman Cary Ziter says the business has been seized by the state for failure to pay $2,761 in state sales tax. Ziter says a warrant has been issued to recover that amount before the store can reopen.

      ??We are certainly interested to work with the taxpayer on this situation and resolve this issue. The taxpayer can certainly come forward, and we could work out a payment plan?? said Ziter.

      A representative of Syra-Juice left a message on its Facebook page Friday morning informing customers of the situation. It reads:

      "Please be patient with us as we figure out in what direction to take Syra-Juice. We are currently exploring options regarding more menu diversity and sourcing more locally.

      We will be closed for a few days due to an old tax bill that we neglected to pay.

      Also, we are dealing with the severe depression of a close family member, so we are taking a few days off as a breather to sort some things out.

      THANK YOU so much for your support along with the outpouring of love we have have received over this temporary closure.

      We have proudly served the community for years and could not be more thankful for the community that has made that possible. Stay tuned........"

      According to the state, Syra-Juice is owned by Leah Davis. Calls to the store have not been answered.