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Washington County liquor board briefs

April 10, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

Lawyer: Client wants to reopen restaurant

A Hagerstown attorney on Wednesday went before Washington County liquor officials to give a brief overview of his clients' plans to reopen the former 43 South Ristorante on South Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown.

Kent Oliver told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that his clients intend to apply for a pouring license to serve alcohol.

He said the business would open around May 15 if the liquor board grants a license, but said operating plans were not definite.

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Kendra Peacher, whom Oliver represented at the hearing, said the business would be called The Peach Pub.

Gordon Bartels, a resident who lives in that neighborhood, asked the liquor board for the definition of a pouring license. Robert Everhart, liquor board chairman, said a pouring license would require a business to sell food as well as alcohol.

Everhart said Bartels would have a chance to speak at a final hearing when the application process gets further along.

Woman checks on liquor license rules

The owner of the business that was formerly the Lucky Jinx on the square in Boonsboro asked Washington County liquor officials Wednesday about the process she would have to follow to obtain a liquor license.

Lettie Gordon said she wants to serve alcohol to complement the food she will serve when the restaurant opens next month. The menu will include beef, poultry and pasta, she said.

"This isn't going to be a bar," Gordon said.

Robert Everhart, chairman of the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, said Gordon would have to form a limited liability company before she could apply for the license. In addition to forming an LLC, Gordon would need to have the building inspected by the fire and health departments, Everhart said.

Because author Nora Roberts owns the building, Roberts would have to give her signed consent that alcohol could be served there, Everhart said.

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