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Washington County liquor board briefs

April 26, 2012

County liquor board issues licenses to 4 establishments

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County issued liquor licenses to four establishments during separate hearings this week.

The licenses were issued Wednesday to the following businesses:

• Cinco De Mayo Mexican Restaurant at 1703 Massey Blvd., near Hagerstown.

Kent Oliver, a Hagerstown-based attorney representing the owner of the restaurant, told liquor officials that construction at the business probably wouldn’t be completed until mid-May or early June.

The three-member liquor board said it would grant the license and hold it until the owners were ready to open.

• China King at 339 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown.

Owner Cheng Zheng said the restaurant has been across from the Hagerstown Police Department for 18 months.

• Dog Patch Tavern & Pub at 21836 National Pike near Boonsboro.

Owner Jack Laforce said he wanted to reopen the well-known tavern on May 11. He said after the hearing that in addition to alcohol, he intends to serve burgers, chicken wings and smoked-pit beef.

• Benny’s Pub at 49 Eastern Blvd. in Hagerstown.

Owner William Skomski’s license was changed from a Class-P license to a Class-D license, which would allow him to open a microbrewery.

Skomski told the liquor board that he would like to open the microbrewery at an abutting property to Benny’s Pub in late 2013 or early 2014.

“I think that’s something this town would absolutely benefit from,” he said.

A Class-P license, or pouring license, is issued to restaurants and allows them to serve alcohol with food purchases.

A Class-D license, or tavern license, allows for the on- and off-sale of alcohol.



Citing lack of business in city, Rocky’s returns liquor license

The owner of a restaurant in downtown Hagerstown turned in his liquor license this week, saying he didn’t serve enough beer on wine to keep it.

Vinnie Schianodicola, owner-operator of Rocky’s Pizza Cafe at 40 N. Potomac St., told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County on Wednesday during a hearing that he might reapply for the license if the downtown economic picture improves.

“We haven’t sold beer in probably three weeks,” Schianodicola said. “It just doesn’t sell.”

Rocky’s pizza has been a downtown staple for more than 25 years.

The business used to be on Public Square, but relocated after the building was gutted by a fire in August 2009.

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— Dan Dearth

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