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Decourcy's Pub owner wants to transfer license to upscale club in downtown Hagerstown

July 10, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The owner of Decourcy's Pub on Mulberry Street in Hagerstown on Wednesday asked Washington County's liquor board for permission to transfer his liquor license to a downtown building that a developer plans to convert into an upscale nightclub.

Adam O'Brien told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, that he wanted the transfer because Decourcy's is "just not working too well" because of several "complaints from the neighborhood."

He went before the liquor board with Alan Greenwald, who in April bought the building that housed Meda's Tavern at 24 E. Franklin St. The two said they need to transfer the license in order to open an upscale nightclub there.

"I basically evicted Meda's tavern," Greenwald said. "(The new business) will not be a package liquor store, and it will not be a tavern."

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Greenwald said he is seeking investors to renovate the three-story building and convert it into a venue for jazz and classical music. In addition, the business would serve fine cuisine, he said.

Ideally, the business would anchor entertainment on Franklin Street, Greenwald said.

The only thing missing is a liquor license, he said.

Greenwald praised several downtown developers, including Mike Deming, Donald Bowman and Jason Goldberg, for improving the city's urban core.

"We're all on the same page," he said. "We really want to do something for our town ... We believe entertainment is the fastest way to revitalize downtown."

The liquor board told O'Brien and Greenwald that they could apply for a liquor license, but the board guaranteed nothing.

The cost of the application was $300.

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