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King Pin's license to pour put on hold

April 20, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

The liquor license application for a new music club in downtown Hagerstown is on hold after one of the club owners didn't show up for a hearing on the application.

The three-member Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, which oversees county liquor licenses, unanimously agreed Wednesday to give the owners of King Pin a chance to explain the absence. An unsatisfactory reply could prompt the board to dismiss the application.

The owners of the King Pin at 41 N. Potomac St., have applied for a liquor pouring license. The Liquor Board was scheduled to hear public testimony on the application Wednesday morning but when only one of the two club owners showed up the hearing was postponed.

About a dozen people were on hand for the hearing, including Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, several owners of downtown businesses and neighbors.

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Ted Bodnar, co-chair of a community group the Downtown Chapter of Neighborhoods 1st, said that on Sunday he saw teenagers hanging around outside the club with cans of beer.

"It's not really the kind of thing we want downtown," Bodnar said.

Bruchey said he heard complaints from citizens about "rowdiness" in front of the club on Sunday. Bruchey said he attended the hearing to listen and lend support to the citizens.

King Pin co-owner Zachary Ohler said Sunday's problems were a result of the club being new.

The club was open for the first time on Sunday.

"We just need to police it better" to avoid loitering, said Ohler, 28, of Hagerstown.

Ohler said no food or beverages were served Sunday.

He said the King Pin will be a "restaurant-type club," which will only be open for band performances.

On Sunday the band Hate Breed headed a list of four or five bands that performed at the club, he said.

Ohler said the club offers people an "alternative to cruising Dual Highway."

He the plan is to dedicate some nights to fund raising for domestic violence help groups, soup kitchens or a planned skate boarding park at Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park.

Ohler said the liquor license was "just something we wanted to look into."

He said the club would be open with or without a liquor license.

Ohler said he didn't know why his business partner, Thomas Munson, missed the hearing.

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