A local insurance agent who has been a longtime patron of The Broad Axe restaurant and bar on West Franklin Street in Hagerstown told the Washington County liquor board Wednesday that he is interested in leasing the establishment.
“When I was younger, it was one of the best bars in town,” Robert Foutch, 33, of Hagerstown, said during a hearing before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County. “I think it has the potential to do that again.”
Foutch said he has talked to Broad Axe owner Jose Arias about entering into a lease-to-own agreement.
“I’m sure you guys have heard he’s been doing some struggling over there,” Foutch said.
Arias told the liquor board earlier this month that the poor economy had driven him to consider whether to close The Broad Axe at 28 W. Franklin St., or El Palenque Cantina Restaurant, another business he owns at 204 E. Franklin St.