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Old Pike liquor license 'in limbo'

July 11, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

The owners of a Boonsboro restaurant may have to reapply for a liquor license after failing to pay their taxes and letting their license expire, according to an inspector with the Washington County Board of License Commissioners.

The liquor board was notified by the state in April that the Old Pike Grill & Pub at 7700 Old National Pike had failed to pay its taxes, inspector Bob Shoemaker said.

The outstanding taxes must be paid before the business will be allowed to renew its liquor license, Shoemaker said.

"It's in limbo," Shoemaker said of the license status.

If Old Pike owners Kenneth Clements of Mount Airy, Md., and Daniel Givarz of Boonsboro don't pay the taxes promptly, they may have to reapply for a liquor license, Shoemaker said.

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When the Old Pike Grill & Pub held its liquor license, it was up to date with its annual $500 license fee and did not have any infractions, Shoemaker said.

The board has given the business some time to raise the money but the taxes remain unpaid to date, Shoemaker said.

Shoemaker didn't know what type of taxes are outstanding or the amount that remains unpaid. The Washington County Treasurer's Office had no information about the business' outstanding taxes and referred calls to the liquor board.

Clements and Givarz are expected to meet with the liquor board within the next two weeks to explain their tax situation, Shoemaker said.

In the interim, the business can continue to operate as a bring-your-own-beverage restaurant in which patrons provide their own alcoholic beverages, Shoemaker said.

The board has tried to be "diplomatic" and accommodate the business but the matter needs to be resolved, Shoemaker said.

A phone message left at Givarz's home was not returned and there was no answer at the business. A phone listing for Clements in Mount Airy could not be found.

A sign posted on the front door of the restaurant Wednesday said the business was closed for the holiday weekend.

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