Spice Island Grill reopens after tax trouble

restaurantSpice Island Grill, the downtown Colorado Springs Jamaican restaurant that recently closed citing tax issues, has reopened, said the owners in a news release Wednesday morning.

“We are now officially open again thanks to the great support we received from all our friends, customers, family and those who contributed to the ‘Save the Spice’ Plumbfund Kickstarter,” owners Claudette and Glenroy Hutchinson said in the release.

The couple set up a “Save the Spice” page on crowd-funding site Plumfund.com soon after closing their doors March 20 in an attempt to raise the $3,500 in taxes the restaurant owed the Colorado Department of revenue. To date, that effort has collected only $260 of its $5,000 goal.

Claudette Hutchinson, who opened Spice Island at 10 N. Sierra Madre St. in 2011 with her husband, said the issue arose due to poor management by a former employee of the restaurant.

“This experience has allowed us to take a long hard look at our business operations, and vow to you – our customers, our fans – that this will never happen again,” the release stated. “We are determined to continue to provide quality food and service to this community for a long time.”