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Liquor board briefs

February 14, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

Former Zipper's bar to reopen under new name in mid March

The owners of Zipper's bar on North Jonathan Street in Hagerstown said Wednesday they plan to reopen the business under a new name March 15.

Renell Jones told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, also known as the liquor board, that the bar has undergone renovations and several security improvements while it was shut down over the last several months.

The liquor board has held the liquor license for Zipper's in the meantime.

"We spent entirely too much money (in renovations) not to reopen," Jones said.

Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, said the board would release the liquor license when Jones was ready to resume operations.

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On May 22, Christopher Jason Ayala, 23, of Greencastle, Pa., was shot at Zipper's. He later died at Washington County Hospital.

Stephen Lamar Urquhart is to stand trial later this month in Washington County Circuit Court in Ayala's murder.




Williamsport tavern owner inquires about adding patio

On Wednesday, Robert W. West, owner of Third Base Tavern in Williamsport, asked Washington County liquor officials about the proper procedure for opening a patio that would connect to his bar.

West told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that he needs the patio to accommodate smokers since the state's public smoking ban took effect earlier this month.

The liquor board told West that he would have to get permission from county zoning officials and pass inspections by the fire department, among other things, before the board could consider the request.

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