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Brain Freeze Creamery’s ice cream shops in Kendall Yards, South Hill temporarily closed because of unpaid taxes

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019

Pretzel Berry ice cream is a favorite choice for locals at Brain Freeze Creamery in Kendall Yards on Thursday, June 21, 2018. The business has temporarily closed its Kendall Yards and South Hill locations over unpaid taxes. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Pretzel Berry ice cream is a favorite choice for locals at Brain Freeze Creamery in Kendall Yards on Thursday, June 21, 2018. The business has temporarily closed its Kendall Yards and South Hill locations over unpaid taxes. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Brain Freeze Creamery’s ice cream shops on the South Hill and Kendall Yards have been closed temporarily over unpaid taxes.

The Washington State Department of Revenue issued two tax warrants against Brain Freeze Creamery for more than $19,780 in unpaid taxes and penalties.

A notice dated Aug. 22 and taped to the front door of Brain Freeze Creamery’s South Hill store at 1230 S. Grand Blvd. indicates the revenue department revoked the ice cream shop’s authorization to conduct business because of tax warrants issued in Novemberand March.

“The plan is to reopen, but we don’t know when yet,” said Richard Purdum, owner of Brain Freeze Creamery, adding the Kendall Yards location could be open sometime next week.

Purdum declined to comment further on the ice cream shop’s unpaid taxes.

In a Facebook post to the Spokane Foodies group, Brain Freeze wrote the closure was unexpected, as it was working with the revenue department to get caught up on the unpaid taxes and was in discussion with the agency to evaluate options for reopening the business.

The ice cream shop stated in the post the closure does not affect its wholesale creamery in Spokane Valley, which sells to area restaurants.

Brain Freeze Creamery – which offers handmade ice cream in several uncommon flavors such as Huckleberry, Cap’n Crunch and Chocolate Basil – opened its Kendall Yards shop in 2014 and its South Hill location in 2015.

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