The department does not comment on specific cases, but Gazzale could not rule out the possibility that Di Fara could be slinging pies again soon. “We continue to have an open dialogue with the business in order for them to resolve the debt and re-open,” Gazzale said. “In general, we just want to have the confidence that the business is going to be operating in good faith moving forward.”
The Di Fara family expects that very outcome. When reached by phone Tuesday evening, owner Domenico DeMarco’s daughter Margaret Mieles said that Di Fara’s doors were locked while the ovens were on. “I had to call the fire department because the ovens were blaring,” she said. “They found a way to get in without breaking anything.”
Mieles attributed the whole situation to a misunderstanding that could have been resolved today were it not for the Department of Taxation and Finance’s hours. “There’s nothing you can do after 4pm, that’s the problem with these agencies,” she said.
“We’re on a payment plan with them,” she said. “We have a six year plan. We made our monthly payment with them. We think that we mailed the payment, we do things the old school way. There’s a blip in the system somewhere.”
Mieles is hopeful that Di Fara will be back open by the end of the week.
Reached by phone on Tuesday, an employee at the Williamsburg outpost who sometimes picks up shifts at the Midwood location said that everything at the now locked-down pie purveyor was business as usual as recently as Saturday, and that employees were not notified in advance of the closure. “Everything seemed nice, pretty normal.”
“I hope [Di Fara re-opens],” the employee said. “A lot of people rely on that job.”