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Businesses oppose granting liquor license to Hagerstown hotel

January 10, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

The attorney for the owners of two Dual Highway businesses told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County on Wednesday that his clients opposed the Clarion Hotel's request to obtain a liquor license.

Joe Rouse said the owners of Barefoot Bernie's Bar & Grille and the Cancun Cantina nightclub are concerned that granting a liquor license to the Clarion could pave the way for the hotel to open another restaurant on the property, which is shared by all three businesses at 901 Dual Highway.

He said it is common for hotel guests to eat at Barefoot Bernie's.

"I don't think ... There is a need for another restaurant on that property," Rouse said.

Martin Milner, one of the Clarion's co-owners, said the liquor license only would be used to serve alcoholic beverages for room service, catered events and other hotel functions.

"We're not in it to be in the restaurant business," he said.

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Hagerstown Economic Development Director Deborah Everhart spoke at the meeting to support Milner and the Clarion.

"From a business standpoint, it makes sense for them to have a liquor license to serve their guests," she said.

Everhart said she didn't believe Barefoot Bernie's or Cancun Cantina's business would suffer if the commissioners were to grant the Clarion a liquor license.

The commissioners said they would render a decision within the next 30 days.

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