Downtown Restaurateur Cops To Tax Rap

Tribeca seafood restaurant Fresh "doesn’t get enough attention," according to the latest Zagat Survey.

Its owner, Eric Tevrow, though, has attracted plenty — albeit not the favorable kind.

Mr. Tevrow, who also owned the now-shuttered downtown eateries Coast and Shore, pleaded guilty on Monday to stealing sales taxes collected from all three restaurants.

According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office this afternoon:

Tevrow reported between 7% and only 15% of the collected sales tax for Shore and Fresh respectively, and none of the sales tax collected by Coast, and thereby stole $979,759 in sales tax from State Tax, collected by three restaurants over a 4 ½ year period. Tevrow also stole $133,312 in payroll taxes from Coast and Fresh.

Under a plea agreement, Mr. Tevrow will serve a four-month sentence; but he could spend up to 10 months in jail if he doesn’t abide by the terms of the deal.

Fresh remains open for business.

Downtown Restaurateur Cops To Tax Rap