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Liquor board briefs

July 15, 2009

Liquor board diliberates class change on license

Washington County liquor officials said they will decide within the next few days whether to let a Hagerstown nightclub file an application to change its class of liquor license.

On Wednesday, Nithin Jayadeva, the owner of the building that houses Divi's Nightclub at 431 Dual Highway, asked the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, to change the business' liquor license from a Class P pouring license to a Class D tavern license.

Class P licenses allow businesses to serve alcohol provided food sales comprise at least 51 percent of the sales. Businesses are not required to serve 51 percent food with a Class D license.

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Earlier this month, Roy Lorshbaugh, Divi's manager, told liquor officials the business was serving less than 51 percent food in violation of its Class P license.

Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, said he wanted to work with Divi's, but the liquor board would not change "licenses back and forth."

Everhart said after the hearing Divi's could be forced to close for violating the conditions of its Class P license.

Moose lodge applies to serve alcohol

Antietam Moose 2435 on Wednesday applied for a liquor license to serve alcohol at its new lodge in Hagerstown.

Frank Carpenter, lodge administrator, said the Moose would like to open as soon as possible at the former The Grille at Park Circle building near City Park in Hagerstown.

Antietam Moose 2435 was based at the former Eclipse Nite Club building on Leitersburg Pike until the club moved out in August.

The application process to obtain a liquor license takes 30 days, said Robert L. Everhart, chairman of the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board. Part of that process includes a hearing to receive input from the public.

-- Dan Dearth

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