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State board reverses decision

Hagerstown restaurant will get liquor license

September 05, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hall of Fame Restaurant and Pub on Dual Highway will remain open after all, a day after the operator said he would have to close because state liquor officials refused to grant him a license to sell alcohol.

Robert L. Everhart, chairman of the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, confirmed Thursday that state liquor officials decided to grant a liquor license to Roy Lorshbaugh, who operates the restaurant.

Lorshbaugh said during a hearing Wednesday that he would have to close if he didn't receive the liquor license.

Everhart said he did not know why state officials decided to reverse their earlier decision.

"The state called and said to release it," Everhart said Thursday. "That's good enough for me."

During the Wednesday hearing, Everhart said state officials ordered the liquor board to refrain from issuing Lorshbaugh a liquor license, but did not give a reason.

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Although state officials could not be reached Thursday afternoon, Nithin Jayadeva, general manager of the Grand Venice Hotel, said the incident occurred because there was a misunderstanding between county and state liquor personnel.

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