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Hagerstown man wants to reopen former Woodpoint Grill

Craig Campbell would like to make it a liquor store first and then a 'music hall'

July 27, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man told Washington County liquor officials  Wednesday that he was trying to work out a deal to reopen the former Woodpoint Grill in Hagerstown.

During a Wednesday meeting in Hagerstown before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, Craig Campbell said he was considering leasing the property for three to five years from owners Doug and Keith South.

Campbell said if everything goes as planned, he would like to reopen the business in two phases.

The first phase would involve opening a liquor store to sell beer, wine and liquor, Campbell said. The second phase would involve renovating the property into a "music hall."

"It would be a blues and jazz type of music environment that would bring in artists from (Washington) D.C., Baltimore and the area," Campbell said.

He said the music hall would serve meat and cheese baskets and other basic foods.

The Woodpoint Grill at 1437 Salem Ave. closed in April after serving the area for 55 years.

Doug South said at the time that he attributed the restaurant's demise to the sluggish economy and a decline in customers caused by the state's smoking ban in bars and restaurants.

Robert L. Everhart, chairman of the liquor board, told Campbell that he would have to apply for a liquor license to serve alcohol at the business. Everhart said the application process would take about 30 days to complete.

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