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Liquor license sought for new restaurant in downtown Hagerstown

Spin would occupy the space at 43 S. Potomac St., most recently known as Legends on the Square

January 04, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

A former Hagerstown resident told Washington County liquor officials Wednesday that he wants to open a restaurant in a downtown building that has housed three previous restaurants over the last five years.

Bob Hagerman told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County during a hearing that he wanted to make a go of opening a restaurant at 43 S. Potomac St.

The address most recently operated as Legends on the Square. The owners of that business turned in their liquor license Tuesday.

Hagerman said he had a lot of work in front of him before he could open the restaurant, which he intends to call Spin.

“It’s a mess,” Hagerman said of the condition of the kitchen.

Hagerman, who now lives in Pittsburgh, Pa., said after the hearing that Spin’s menu would include upscale appetizers, chicken, steaks and paninis. He said he would like to open in late February or March.

Hagerman told the liquor board that the building has restaurant space on the first floor and in the cellar, but he probably would open the lower level only on the weekends.

“I don’t think I could fill the whole place on a weekday,” Hagerman said.

Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, told Hagerman he could fill out an application. Everhart said the liquor board would make a decision whether to grant the request within 30 days.

The liquor board last week reprimanded the owners of Legends on the Square, saying it appeared they were running the business as a tavern instead of a restaurant. Liquor officials claimed that the business was selling more alcohol than food.

State law requires that food sales constitute at least 51 percent of a restaurant’s business.

The liquor board said during a hearing last week that it intended to monitor a party that Legends on the Square was having on New Year’s Eve to ensure the business complied with state laws. Liquor officials threatened to revoke Legend’s liquor license on the spot if the restaurant failed to tow the line.

No violations were reported during the New Year’s Eve party, according to the liquor board.

The building at 43 S. Potomac St. housed 43 South Ristorante and Flo Lounge from 2006 until early 2008, when owner Mike Deming said he decided to close those businesses because he wanted to invest more time in other downtown enterprises, including real-estate development.

The Peach Pub occupied the space from 2008-10. Legends on the Square opened in October 2010 and lasted a little more than a year.

Hagerman said he plans to move back to the Hagerstown area.

In the 1980s, Hagerman was the general manager and director of Hagerman’s Dinner Theater on North Potomac Street in Hagerstown.

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