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Hagerstown man interested in buying Laila's Kitchen

Prospective buyer of downtown Afghan restaurant would seek liquor license

August 01, 2012

A Hagerstown man told Washington County liquor officials on Wednesday that he was interested in buying a popular restaurant on East Franklin Street.

Perry White said during a hearing before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that he wanted to buy Laila’s Kitchen at 4 E. Franklin St. near Hagerstown City Hall.

He said he needed to know what he would have to do to apply for a liquor license.

Robert Everhart, liquor board chairman, said that among other things, the business would have to pass inspections from the health and fire departments.

Everhart asked White if the restaurant would be able to seat a minimum of 75 customers, which is a prerequisite to obtaining a liquor license.

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White said the restaurant currently seats about 40 people, but that he might be able to stretch that number to the legal requirement.

The owners of Laila’s Kitchen, an Afghan restaurant that specializes in beef, chicken and vegetable kabobs, recently announced the restaurant would remain open until they found a buyer for the business.

White said after the hearing that he would continue to serve kabobs at first, then possibly switch the menu to soul food.

— Dan Dearth

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