Washington County liquor board briefs - Feb. 10

February 09, 2011

New Potomac Avenue liquor store

A Boyds, Md., man told Washington County liquor officials Wednesday that he wanted to open a liquor store in the space that housed the former Potomac Spirits at 725 Potomac Ave. in Hagerstown.

Zerea Messele said during a hearing before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that he would like to open another liquor store at the site as soon as possible.

Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, told Messele that he would have to meet several requirements, such as having the building inspected by the fire and health departments, before a liquor license could be granted.

The former Potomac Spirits lost its liquor license in April 2008 after the business closed because of financial problems, according to liquor board records.

Rosewood Liquors to open

The owner of Rosewood Liquors at 11205 John F. Kennedy Drive east of Hagerstown said during a Wednesday hearing with Washington County liquor officials that he intends to open the business at the end of March.

Ramkrishna Patel told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that he had hoped to open earlier, but there was a delay obtaining the proper permits to finish renovating the building.

Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, said officials expected Patel to open much sooner. He warned Patel that they wouldn't hold the liquor license for an indefinite period of time.

"We're going to expect you to open by the end of March," Everhart said.

— Dan Dearth

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