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Manager: Nightclub has been violating liquor license

July 01, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The manager of a nightclub on Dual Highway in Hagerstown on Wednesday told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, the establishment has been violating the conditions of its liquor license.

Roy Lorshbaugh, manager of Divi's Nightclub at 431 Dual Highway, said during a hearing the nightclub wasn't serving at least 51 percent food.

Businesses with a license to pour alcohol must serve at least 51 percent prepared food, or food that is cooked, as a condition of the license.

"We're serving food," Lorshbaugh said. "But it's not 51 percent."

Liquor board chairman Robert L. Everhart said Lorshbaugh was invited to attend the hearing to explain how the liquor license was being used.

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"We just had a feeling something wasn't right," Everhart said.

Everhart and Liquor Board Treasurer Charles F. Mades said they appreciated Lorshbaugh's straightforwardness.

Divi's faces a maximum fine of $2,500 and the loss of its liquor license, Everhart said after the hearing. Those maximum penalties probably wouldn't be imposed in this case, he said.

Lorshbaugh went before the commissioners with Nithin Jayadeva, manager of the Best Western Grand Venice Hotel Wedding & Conference Center.

Divi's is a part of the Grand Venice complex, which also includes the Cellar Wine & Spirits liquor store and the former Hall of Fame Restaurant.

Jayadeva told the liquor board only two liquor licenses were being used in the complex -- one by Divi's and the other by Cellar Wine & Spirits.

Jayadeva asked the liquor board whether Mike Guessford, owner of Always Ron's restaurant in Hagerstown, could serve alcohol when Guessford uses the complex's ballroom to cater events.

The liquor board said it would consider the request.

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