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Owners of new Leitersburg tavern granted liquor license

Couple intends to open Dewey's Pub at site of former Leitersburg Hotel in about a month

November 28, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

Washington County liquor officials on Wednesday granted a liquor license to the owners of a new tavern in Leitersburg despite hearing opposition from several people.

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, voted 3-0 to grant the license to Charles and Tammy Beachley.

The Beachleys said they intend to open Dewey’s Pub in about a month at the site of the former Leitersburg Hotel at 21400 Leiter St.

“We’re definitely there to help the community and not hurt it,” Charles Beachley said.

Three people expressed concerns during the hearing about the issuance of the license.

Neighborhood resident Merry Stinson said residents have endured a lot of disrespect from people who operated taverns at the former hotel.

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“If we ever tried to speak to them about a problem, they would cuss us out and throw us out,” she said.

Stinson said on a number of occasions, she didn’t go outside in her yard because of obscene language that was coming from the tavern.

“I just don’t want it to get in the situation that it was before,” she said.

Debra Gigeous, owner of Stop N’ Shop Liquors at 21123 Leitersburg Pike, said she believed the issuance of another liquor license would hurt the business of existing liquor store owners.

“Each time it makes our living a little more difficult,” she said.

Charles Beachley assured the people who spoke during the hearing that he intends to operate a low-key establishment.

“Believe me, we’re there to make it fun — not to make everybody aggravated and make noise,” he said.

The Class D license that the Beachleys were granted will allow them to sell alcohol for carryout and consumption on the premises.

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