Chester restaurant shut down, owner pays fine for back taxes

A Chester County businessman is accused by the S.C. Department of Revenue of unlawfully operating a restaurant without a retail license and not paying more than $38,000 in taxes.

Daniel Dean Hyslop, 60, of Rock Hill, was arrested on Wednesday, according to a DOR news release. Secretary of State Mark Hammond’s website lists Hyslop as owner of KJ’Z Wings and Ale.

Hyslop could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

State investigators say Hyslop’s retail business license was revoked on Dec. 11 for allegedly not paying more than $38,000 in taxes.

Despite being stripped of his license, Hyslop is accused of continuing to operate the wing restaurant during December and January, the DOR release states. During that time, DOR issued Hyslop three “regulatory violations” for continuing to operate the restaurant without a license.

Hyslop is prohibited from reopening and operating the business until the retail license has been reinstated, officials said on Wednesday.

DOR Director Rick Reames said his investigators are “committed to holding non-compliant individuals and businesses accountable ... Doing so helps keep the tax burden as low as possible for everyone.”

Chester County court records show that Hyslop paid a $470 fine on Wednesday on the charge of unlawfully operating his business without a license. Magistrate court records indicate that Hyslop pleaded guilty and was released from police custody the day of his arrest.