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Restaurant seeks permit to serve alcohol outdoors

February 22, 2001

Restaurant seeks permit to serve alcohol outdoors



The owners of The Rhubarb House, a restaurant and catering business at 12 Public Square in Hagerstown, are requesting permission from the Hagerstown City Council to serve alcohol at outdoor tables.

The City Council is reviewing an agreement that would allow the business owners, John D. and Shellie C. Ralston, to serve alcohol at tables in the area between the front of the restaurant and a planter on Public Square.

Councilman J. Wallace McClure said Tuesday he opposes the agreement because it would allow alcohol to be served.

Councilman Alfred W. Boyer said he supports the agreement. Boyer said cities around the world allow this.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he supports the agreement, but is worried about the precedent it would set. Metzner said he wants additional council discussion of the details of the agreement.

The agreement was scheduled to be voted on at the next council meeting, but Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II removed it from that agenda so it can be discussed during another council meeting before a final vote is taken.

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