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Supervisors grant Pa. restaurant owner's wish

July 03, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A restaurateur's request for a license to host a charity concert in Washington Township, Pa., met a series of questions and conditions from the township supervisors on Monday.

Robert E. Curley, who opened Rolling Mill Tavern in May, applied for an "outdoor amusement license" to host a Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 21, on the Pa. 16 property.

"Basically, we will present a check to them at the end of the night," Curley said.

The supervisors asked about Curley's liquor license provisions, maximum occupancy, alcohol sales policy, volume of music, security, parking, traffic flow, electric use, insurance and anticipated attendance. Their unanimous approval of Curley's permit came with conditions including a fire department review of exits and a code inspector's determination of allowable occupancy at his cost.

Curley, at points, seemed surprised by the number of questions, but took time to assure the supervisors that he takes his business operations seriously.

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"I don't want a situation like that Rhode Island (fatal nightclub fire). That's the last thing I want or need," Curley said.

He said requests are often made from groups to use his venue for fundraisers like the one planned for July 21, and they are "an opportunity to get people on the property and to try the restaurant."

Proceeds from the six-band event on July 21 will go to Make-A-Wish, said Joel McLaren, who is handling the entertainment for Curley. The bands will play country and rock, he said.

"We won't serve alcohol outside what we're allowed by the liquor control board," Curley said.

No more than 300 people will be allowed at the event, he said.

"I expect to have at least four people inside the building (as security personnel) and one or two outside. ... We'll count people when they go in, and we'll limit. When we're full, we're full," Curley said.

"We're going to keep the volume reasonable," McLaren said.

Rolling Mill is in the former Chestnut Logs building.

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