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Rockies Diner back open, owner apologizes

After several days with a yellow sheriff’s notice on the door, Rockies Diner on the Boise Bench is back open today.

BoiseDev was the first to report on the closure Wednesday – triggered by a delinquency of worker’s compensation tax payments due to the Idaho Department of Labor.

Owner Petros “Rocky” Paflias told fans of the establishment on Facebook that he is sorry for the closure, and took responsiblity.

“I am sorry for these last few days of the shutdown due to previous choices I have made,” Paflias wrote. “It had came (sic) back and affected my first priority, and that is this restaurant and all my loyal customers.”

Sheriff’s deputies closed the restaurant earlier this week on a court order. Filings with the 4th District Cour Rockies still owed $47,282.22 as of January 18th, when the Idaho Department of Labor asked the sheriff’s office to seize the property.

An IDL spokesperson would not comment on what steps Paflias took to reopen the restaurant.

“Thank you to everyone that has stood by me and allowed my dream to continue,” Paflias wrote. “I’m truly thankful for all my customers and employees.”

Rockies Diner reopened mid-day Friday.

“We are open and this time making sure everything is handled before it ever gets to this point again,” he wrote.

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