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Sherry Lehmann closes (temporarily?) after failing to renew liquor license

Just two weeks after db reported the latest woes of iconic New York wine store Sherry Lehmann, it transpires that the wine shop has been closed by the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) after failing to renew its liquor license. 

The historic wine store in Manhattan’s East Side, which has been operating in New York since 1934, was first reported to be in danger back in December, after failing to pay a tax bill of US$3.160 million. It was listed on the New York State Delinquent Tax List, Top 250 businesses in 9th place, but was last month down to 13th place, after some of the money owed had been settled, decreasing the debt to $2.766 million.

However, its woes didn’t ended there, as the 88-year-old upmarket wine store narrowly avoided having its electricity cut by US energy company Con Edison earlier this month over unpaid bills.

It has now transpired that the shop has been closed – possibly only temporarily? – after Sherry-Lehmann’s retail liquor sales license expired at the end of February, according to a report in Wine Spectator, and verified by the New York open data site. 

The title reported that the firm could renew its license however, and reportedly told Wine Spectator that its lawyers were “working very closely with the New York State Liquor Authority” and were “highly confident that we will be active imminently.”

Sherry-Lehmann has been approached for comment.

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