Owners of former Woodpoint Grill apply for new liquor license

July 15, 2012

The owners of the former Woodpoint Grill in Hagerstown told Washington County liquor officials on Wednesday that they needed a new liquor license to reopen the business.

Brothers Jeff and Keith South, and their Realtor, Tim Light, said during a hearing before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that the Souths have made “six figures” worth of upgrades to the building at 1437 Salem Ave.

A third owner, Doug South, did not attend the hearing.

“Many wiring issues were discovered that needed remedied before the business could pass code inspection,” Light said.

The Woodpoint Grill closed in April 2011. At the time, the Souths attributed the closing to the sluggish economy and a decrease in business caused by the statewide ban on cigarette smoking.

Jeff South said after the hearing that he and his brothers needed a new license to reopen the business, but they wanted to keep their options open in case they decided to sell.

Robert Everhart, liquor board chairman, said the Souths could reapply for a liquor license.

By law, applicants have to wait 30 days before receiving an answer.

Light said after the hearing that if everything goes as planned, the Woodpoint could open by the end of August.

— Dan Dearth

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