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Liquor Board briefs

August 28, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

Grand Venice Hotel could face fines, loss of liquor license

The Grand Venice Hotel on Dual Highway in Hagerstown could face a $2,500 fine and/or lose its liquor license for a violation of liquor laws, according to the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board.

The liquor board met Wednesday with hotel officials to discuss several recent incidents that were said to involve the illegal sale of alcohol in the hotel's restaurant.

Although the owners have a license to serve alcohol in the hotel's bar, they do not have a license to sell alcohol in the restaurant until tax issues are resolved with the state, said Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman.

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Nithin Sheth, general manager of the Grand Venice, said all he could "do right now is apologize" for the mistake.

Everhart said the liquor board would make a decision on whether to impose a penalty within the next 30 days.

The liquor board typically does not impose the maximum penalty, Everhart said.




Liquor Board tells Hilton Homewood Suites to stop illegal distribution of alcohol

Representatives from the Hilton Homewood Suites on Pullman Lane near Valley Mall were called before the Washington County liquor board on Wednesday to discuss what liquor board officials said was the illegal distribution of alcohol at the hotel.

Robert L. Everhart, chairman of the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, said guests reportedly were serving themselves alcohol at a hotel bar after the bartender had walked away.

Charles F. Mades, liquor board treasurer, said the incident occurred during the week of July 9. When a liquor inspector investigated a week later, he discovered that the bar was unattended once again, Mades said.

The liquor board advised hotel officials to remedy the problem.




Moe's Southwest Grill in Stone House Square is granted liquor license

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, granted a liquor license Wednesday to the owners of Moe's Southwest Grill in the Stone House Square shopping center north of Hagerstown.

Co-owner Troy King said the restaurant opened about three weeks ago.

According to Moe's corporate Web site, the franchise has about 400 restaurants that specialize in made-to-order Southwestern fare.




Duffy's granted license to serve at sidewalk café

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, granted Duffy's on Potomac in downtown Hagerstown a license to serve alcohol within the confines of a sidewalk café.

Duffy's is the third business on South Potomac Street to receive a sidewalk caf license. The Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant and Bulls and Bears, a restaurant that is to open in September, received their licenses earlier this summer.

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