Your dream of owning a bar in Morristown will have to wait a little longer.
The state Division of Taxation has canceled an auction of the Calaloo liquor license that had been scheduled for Oct. 11, 2013, explaining that back taxes have been paid.
“Three judgments were paid in full on Oct. 7,” Chris Santarelli, a spokesman for the state Department of the Treasury, said on Thursday.
Those judgments, filed in September 2011 and November 2012, were for $62,750. Of that total, $60,000 was for unpaid corporate sales taxes and the rest was for unpaid corporate business taxes, Chris said.
State records list the license holder as Callalo Inc., of 190 South St., and its officer as Lawrence S. Berger.
For years, the sign outside the restaurant/bar was “Calaloo.” The Calaloo Café became Yo & Papa, which has been dark since 2011.
Hefty local taxes still are owed on the property itself, which is next door to Town Hall.
Municipal records for 190 South Street Realty Holdings show $254,000 in unpaid property taxes, special improvement district fees, and water, sewer and electric bills. Royal Tax Lien Services LLC has held a lien on the property since 2009.
Town Clerk Matt Stechauner said his office had fielded a number of inquiries from people interested in the liquor license auction.
Had it proceeded, someone might have snagged a bargain: Bidding was set to start at $100,000. Liquor licenses in Morristown–fast becoming known as “Hoboken West”–fetch upwards of $500,000 when owners sell them.