This just in from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix:
Brian Roehrich, the 40-year-old former owner of Sugar Daddy's, Dos Gringos, Trailer Park, and Joe's Apartment bars, has been sentenced to two years for tax evasion.
He's supposed to turn himself in by September 9.
Roehrich had a system at his Scottsdale and Tempe establishments in which he set aside the money from cover charges. The skimmed cash didn't show up in his tax returns over several years, the feds say. And it amounted to big bucks: Nearly $2 million.
Roehrich's getting off easy, in a sense -- he was facing up to 20 years.
According to a 2007 East Valley Tribune article by Jess Harter, Roehrich "maxed out his credit cards and mortgaged his house to open Scottsdale's Dos Gringos in 1996," and launched a "restaurant and nightlife empire."
Brian Roehrich owns the Mill Avenue club Cherry Lounge & Pit, where he said now more of his guests opt for the discounted $3 cherry vodka cocktails than they used to.
"It's chic to be cheap these days," he said.
Roehrich also owns the Dos Gringos chain of Mexican restaurants across the Valley, where he lowered his prices to fight the drop in attendance he's seen, particularly at the Tempe and Scottsdale locations.
Roehrich pleaded guilty in December.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.