Liquor Board briefs

May 27, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

Liquor Board members meet with businesses accused of selling alcohol to underage agent

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, met Wednesday with representatives from two businesses and a third that recently closed to discuss incidents in which employees are alleged to have sold alcohol to an underage liquor agent.

The sales occurred March 19, Washington County Sheriff's Department Deputy Ryan Socks said.

The following businesses were accused of selling alcohol to an underage person:

o Boonsboro Liquors, 10 S. Main St., Boonsboro

o Cavetown Liquors, 11905 Mapleville Road near Smithsburg.

o K&M Grocery, which was at 3406 Chestnut Grove Road in Keedysville, closed earlier this month.

Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, said Boonsboro Liquors and Cavetown Liquors could lose their licenses to sell alcohol and be ordered to pay $2,500 fines.

Those penalties, which are the maximum, rarely are imposed, he said.

Because it is closed, K&M Grocery only faces a fine, Everhart said.


The liquor board agreed to make a decision in each case within the next 30 days.

Liquor Board to consider tavern owner's proposal to open tourist shop, liquor store

The owner of Captain Benders Tavern and Antietam Cafe in Sharpsburg told Washington County liquor officials Wednesday he is considering whether to open a tourist shop and liquor store on the tavern side of the business.

Mark Svrcek said his idea is in the planning stage at this point.

"I'm investigating my options," Svrcek said. "If changes are made, it won't happen for five or six months."

He said Captain Benders Tavern, at 111 E. Main St., still is open, and Antietam Cafe, at 113 E. Main St., will reopen in about a week. The cafe closed in March for "lack of business," Svrcek said.

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, agreed to consider Svrcek's proposal.

-- Dan Dearth

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