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Plan for Wesel Blvd. liquor store draws fire

June 17, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

A man's plan to open a restaurant and liquor store on Wesel Boulevard drew opposition Wednesday.

Pat Amatucci, who owns the Burhans Station restaurant in Hagerstown, said the new shop will be called Wesel Blvd. Food & Liquors and will have about 30 seats.

Amatucci hopes it will open by September, he said.

Some people spoke against the plan at Wednesday's meeting of the Washington County Board of License Commissioners, which is known as the liquor board.

One was Gary Greenwald of Halfway Liquors, who said the community already has three stores within a mile-and-a-half where people can buy alcohol to take home.

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Others said Amatucci's license at Burhans Station, which he would transfer to the new shop, isn't meant to be used for mainly take-away sales.

Amatucci said he's working to attract investors to buy Burhans Station, get a pouring license and possibly change the theme of the restaurant.

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