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Liquor license opposed

June 07, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Two Hagerstown city councilwomen attended a Wednesday hearing of the Washington County Board of License Commissioners to oppose a downtown developer's pursuit of a liquor license.

Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh said that if the liquor board grants developer Don Bowman a liquor license for a carry-out store that he plans to open in the first block of South Potomac Street, objectionable people would have more of a reason to frequent that area.

City officials went to great lengths to clear South Potomac Street of the Double T Lounge, McBare's Pub and the troublemakers who used to frequent those establishments, she said. It doesn't make any sense to thwart that progress by bringing in a carry-out store.

"By having a (carry out), I can only see the worst happening," Nigh said. "Taxpayers have pumped millions (of dollars) into that street."

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Bowman is requesting the liquor license from the Red Horse Steak House & Anvil Bar, which is scheduled to close Sunday.

Red Horse owner Chris Jefferies told the liquor board that Bowman plans to sell fine wines at the carry-out store.

He said the people that Nigh was concerned about frequenting the store wouldn't be able to afford high-end merchandise and would not be drawn there, he said.

Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean said she was certain that Bowman had good intentions.

"But what if it's sold?" she asked of the store.

Parson-McBean said the store isn't needed because one already exists a few blocks away on Franklin Street near City Hall.

Bowman had one city official in the audience to lend support - Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II.

The liquor board told Bowman that he would have their answer within 30 days.

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