Jan. 18th, 2008

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Say it isn't so.

Edit: That link doesn't seem to be working. The story, copied from Bostonist.com:

January 17, 2008
Toscanini's Shut Down for "Nonpayment of Taxes"


Update: The Cambridge Chronicle hopped right on it and, while they couldn't reach the owner, things aren't looking so good for the burnt caramel: "Toscanini’s Ice Cream, a mainstay for cool treats in Central Square since 1981, may not ever open again, and its owner, Gus Rancatore, owes the state’s Department of Revenue more than $167,000 in back taxes." (Thanks, Ron!)

Another Update: The Web Outside is already running a campaign to save--or at least encourage--Toscanini's.

The Updates Can't Stop Because We Need Burnt Caramel: Boston Chowder (with Boston Daily) did get in touch with Rancatore, who says he's working on fixing things "possibly within days."

The beloved Toscanini's, home of some of the finest ice cream that can be had in this area, was shut down this morning for not paying taxes.

Joanne McNeil tipped us off to the news and sent a picture. Bostonist headed down there to check out the scene. Aside from the word "SEIZED" in huge typeface, the sign read: "Seized for nonpayment of taxes and is now in possession of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." The orange sign was dated today.

Passers-by expressed shock and slowed down because they couldn't believe the sign. One man refused to believe it.

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