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Washington Co. liquor board briefs

July 06, 2011

Valley Mall restaurant gets license
Washington County liquor officials on Wednesday granted a liquor license to the operator of a Chinese restaurant at Valley Mall near Hagerstown.

The Board of License Commissioners, known as the liquor board, granted the license to Chin Ching Hsu.

Hsu said after the meeting at the liquor board office on West Washington Street in Hagerstown that he reopened Rick’s China Garden earlier this week. He said the former owner closed the business in May.

Hsu, who originally opened the restaurant 14 years ago but sold it, said he recently was asked by the landlord to get the restaurant up and running.

He said some of the new additions to the restaurant include a sushi bar and free delivery.

Liquor store accused of selling to underage patron
The owner of a Dual Highway liquor store appeared before Washington County liquor officials Wednesday to answer allegations by police that an employee sold alcohol to an underage man last month.

Dixit Kanani, owner of the Liquor Locker at 1740 Dual Highway, said during a hearing before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that the employee who served the alcohol was new and just helping out on the cash register.

“Whatever happened was true,” Kanani said.

Hagerstown Police Officer Andrew Lewis said the employee, Umesh Ujchanthachhen, sold the alcohol to an undercover agent as part of a police department compliance check June 21.

Lewis said that Ujchanthachhen did not appear to understand English when he was confronted by police after the incident occurred.

Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, said the underage sales violation was the Liquor Locker’s second since 2009.

Everhart said the liquor board would make its decision within 30 days.

The maximum penalty is loss of liquor license and a $2,500 fine, Everhart said.

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— Dan Dearth

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