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Funkstown tavern owner goes before liquor board

April 18, 2011
  • The exterior of Joker's Bar & Grill at 2 Baltimore St. in Funkstown. Josette Gustavus, owner of the tavern, is denying allegations that her employees broke the law by refilling empty bottles with alcohol that was purchased at a liquor store.
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A compliance inspector with the Maryland Comptroller’s Office told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County on April 13 that he believed Joker’s Bar & Grill in Funkstown was buying bulk quantities of 1.75 liter bottles of liquor and using them to refill 1 liter and 750 milliliter bottles in the bar.

There was no allegation by the inspector that the larger bottles were not purchased from a licensed distributor.

The allegations also stated that the business’ purchase records accounted for the larger bottles. In addition, there was an allegation that some liquor in the bar was not purchased from a licensed manufacturer or wholesaler.

Bar owner Josette Gustavus also told the liquor board at the hearing that some bottles on the bar were not listed on current invoices because they were old stock and had been legally transferred when she purchased the establishment. CORRECTIONThis story was edited at 6 p.m. April 18 to correct information about the allegations.
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