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Washington County liquor board briefs

February 01, 2012

Liquor store eyed for Stone House Square

A Hagerstown resident told Washington County liquor officials Wednesday that he wants to open a liquor store at the Stone House Square shopping center off Md. 60.

Sanjay Patel said during a hearing before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that he asked for the meeting to see what he would have to do to get a license to sell beer, wine and liquor from Monday through Saturday.

The liquor board said that Patel would have to pay a $300 fee to apply for the license, plus $60 for each person whose name appeared on the license.

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Robert Everhart, liquor board chairman, said the board would render a decision within 30 days after the application was filed.

He said the liquor board has to advertise the application in the newspaper to give residents a chance to respond to the proposal.

Some of the existing businesses at Stone House Square include a Weis supermarket and a Lowe’s home improvement store.

Sharpsburg tavern beer garden approved 

The Washington County liquor board Wednesday conditionally approved a Sharpsburg tavern owner’s request to open a beer garden on the street in front of the business during the town’s Heritage Festival in September.

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County gave Stephen Kemmet, owner of Captain Bender’s Tavern at 111-113 E. Main St., permission to set up the beer garden as long as he got permission from town officials.

Kemmet told the liquor board that he wants to fence in a small area in front of the establishment during the two-day festival, which will be held in September to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Antietam.

“They expect around 20,000 people for this weekend,” he said.

Kemmet said an employee would be assigned to the beer garden to check identification cards.

The festival has been planned for Sept. 15-16, according to the heritage festival’s Facebook page.

— Dan Dearth   

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