Liquor Board briefs

April 22, 2009

Liquor board considers discipline for owner of Buffalo Wings & Beer

Washington County liquor officials will decide whether to discipline the owner of the Buffalo Wings & Beer restaurant in Hagerstown after an employee sold alcohol to an underage man before he allegedly started a fight at the business in March, officials said Wednesday.

Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. Kevin Simmers told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, the fight occurred at the Maryland Avenue restaurant on March 5.

Simmers said the fight started in the restaurant and moved to the parking lot after the owner asked the participants to leave.

He said police found one of the two men who is alleged to have started the fight was underage and had been served alcohol by an employee.


Kent Oliver, the attorney for Buffalo Wings & Beer, said the owner did the right thing by calling the police and asking the people who were fighting to leave. The owner fired the bartender who served the alcohol to the underage person, Oliver said.

Buffalo Wings & Beer is being accused of selling alcohol to an underage person and a noise complaint in connection with the fight, said Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman.

Everhart said Buffalo Wings & Beer faces a maximum $2,500 fine and the loss of its liquor license, but that penalty rarely is imposed.

Everhart said the liquor board would render a decision within 30 days.

Business owner seeking liquor license

A Hagerstown business owner on Wednesday asked Washington County liquor officials about obtaining the liquor license at 19330 Leitersburg Pike.

Ash Azadi told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, he wanted to obtain the liquor license.

Azadi did not give liquor officials the details of his plans, and declined to comment after the meeting.

The liquor board told Azadi that among other things, he would need to submit a drawing to detail the areas of the building in which the alcohol would be kept.

Raymond Turner is the holder of the existing liquor license, according to liquor board documents.

The building is near the Long Meadow Shopping Center and used to house the Antietam Moose.

-- Dan Dearth

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