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Tax troubles force this Belleville restaurant to close

Looking for comfort food at the Cozy Diner

The Cozy Diner located at 3605 North Belt West in Belleville is ready serve you some comfort food. The restaurant is located in the former House of Chiu.
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The Cozy Diner located at 3605 North Belt West in Belleville is ready serve you some comfort food. The restaurant is located in the former House of Chiu.

Tax trouble has forced a Belleville restaurant to close.

When Cozy Diner opened last spring, Sandra Vargas Bravo and her husband, Jesus, had long-term plans for their new restaurant.

They wanted to add a buffet, put up a new exterior sign and focus on their food. Getting their business license revoked wasn’t on their list.

The couple could not be immediately reached for comment, but in a February interview said that they were looking forward to the future of the restaurant.

“The previous owners were here 30 years,” Bravo said in February. “We’re hoping to bring it to a new level of comfort food for another 30 years.”

A for-rent sign sits in the window at the diner previously occupied by the House of Chiu on North Belt West in Belleville.

On the front door, a green sticker from the Illinois Department of Revenue explains that the diner’s business license has been revoked.

“Cozy Diner had a green sign posted on their business by the Illinois Department of Revenue due to non-compliance with tax laws,” the department said in a statement. “Due to taxpayer confidentiality laws, we cannot divulge the particulars of the non-compliance.”

In a Facebook post June 21, Cozy Diner said it had closed temporarily.

“Sorry for the inconveniences,” the diner wrote. “Thank you for your patience.”

The building’s owner, Feng Ming Huang, said she is looking for new tenants.

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