Co-owner says Woodpoint Bar & Grill could reopen soon

September 14, 2012|By DAN DEARTH |
  • Realtor Tim Light stands in Woodpoint Bar & Grill's area that is being renovated. The owners would like for prospective new owners to be able to reopen the business.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

A co-owner of the Woodpoint Bar & Grill in Hagerstown told Washington County liquor officials earlier this week that he intends to reopen the popular restaurant by the end of October.

Jeff South, who owns the business with his brothers, Doug and Keith, said during a hearing Wednesday before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that the building at 1437 Salem Ave. still needs work done to the ceiling and other places before they can reopen.

“We’d like to (open) by the end of October,” Jeff South said.

He added that the business has been in the South family since his father bought it in 1954.

South guaranteed that he and his brothers would not operate the business only as a liquor store.

“I just invested several thousand dollars in the kitchen cleaning the equipment,” he said. “I had a grease pro come in to clean out all the exhaust ducts, the stoves — all the equipment to make sure it was in working order. Our intention is that we’re going to use the kitchen, or I wouldn’t have gone to all that expense.”

Woodpoint Bar & 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 in indoor public areas.

In July, the Souths reapplied for a liquor license to sell alcohol at the establishment. On Wednesday, the three-member liquor board unanimously approved the request.

Jeff South told the liquor board in July that he and his brothers would consider selling the business if the right offer came along.

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