In June, local residents noticed a locksmith and a flurry of daytime activity at Solid Platinum Gentleman’s Club located at 2732 W. T C Jester Blvd, next to Juanita’s Mexican Restaurant. A sign on the door said that the property had been seized for non-payment of taxes owed the State of Texas. Now, it looks as if the property will remain closed.
Kevin Lyons, a spokesperson at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, said that the business owed over $800,000 in back taxes to the state. The amount in question was the accumulation of the $5 per person fee that all Sexually Oriented Business, or SOBs, must pay to the state to be permitted. The state’s assessment covered the time from February 2008 to April 2015, and then January and February of 2016.
“The building is closed and everything inside has been seized,” said Lyons.
Lyons said that there are various methods of determining the $5 per person fee, such as alcohol sales, and the in-house records of the businesses. He also said that this type of seizure is not unusual for any business who is behind on their payments.
“We give chances and sometimes businesses pay their debt off or work out a payment plan with the comptroller,” said Lyons. “If the proprietor pays, they’d let them reopen.”
A Menyu Wong is listed as the owner of the business by the Harris County Appraisal District. The business has been located on W. T C Jester for at least 12 years.
Lyons said that Wong disagreed with the state’s assessment of monies owed and filed suit in district court at which time a temporary restraining order was issued. However, on July 23 a ruling came down against Wong and the court said that all claims were owed.
“[The state] is allowed to sell items from the building to settle arrears,” said Lyons. “Remaining debt goes to the attorney general for collection.”
Lyons said that the state would collect items from inside the building to sell.
Ms. Wong was unavailable for comment.