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D.C.’s bad-boy barista looks for second chance in Cali

As the old adage goes, running away never solved anything — and Nick Cho is a perfect example.

Cho, “Washington’s bad-boy barista” and former owner of the Murky Coffee shops, is launching a new caffeinated venture in the San Francisco Bay area — but his D.C. area tax burdens will continue to haunt him out west, reports Tim Carman on the All We Can Eat blog.

Cho, who owned Murkey Coffee locations in Capitol Hill and Clarendon, owes thousands of dollars to the District and Arlington County.

“It’s a nightmare that won’t go away,” says Cho, now starting Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters in Palo Alto, Calif. Cho owes $190,000 in taxes to the District and more than $56,000 to Arlington.

“I’m well aware that these are not things that go away,” Cho says. “I’m trying to get back on my feet. I’m trying to hopefully start a healthy business.”

To read more, check out Carman’s report on All We Can Eat.


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