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Hoover House restaurant approved for liquor license

April 15, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Hoover House will be able to serve liquor when it opens as an upscale restaurant later this year, its owners said Thursday.

Robert and Barbara Persun bought the 15-room, 93-year-old brick building at 227 W. Main St. last year.

Robert Persun said the couple was notified last weekend that their application for a liquor license was approved by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Persun said the investigator who handled the application for the board recommended approval.

The Waynesboro Borough Council held a hearing on the application in October. Several local tavern and bar owners objected to the license at the hearing, but no one protested the application during its 30-day public comment period, the owners have said.

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Pennsylvania law allows one liquor license per 3,000 residents in any municipality that allows liquor to be sold.

The quotas were established after Prohibition was repealed in the 1930s.

There are 46 liquor licenses in Franklin County. Eleven townships are dry. Licenses can be transferred from one municipality to another.

The Persuns' liquor license permitted the North Point Trading Co., a bar in Chambersburg, Pa., to operate. Its license became available when it went out of business, Persun said.

The Persuns bought the Hoover House last year with plans to turn the first floor into a 50-seat restaurant and living quarters for themselves upstairs.

The first floor is undergoing renovation, Robert Persun said.

The restaurant will open "later this year," Persun said, and will have three dining rooms - two formal and one casual - all reflecting decor from the 1920s and 1930s.

It will have a 12-seat, full-service bar and a large commercial kitchen. An outside dining area on the front porch may come later, but the exterior of the building will remain much as it is, Barbara Persun has said.

The Hoover House last served as a personal care home.

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