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Liquor board gives Hagerstown bar three-month extension to find buyer or partner

March 20, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • In this Herald-Mail file photo, Realtor Tim Light stands on the front porch at Woodpoint Grill. Washington County liquor officials have given the owner of the Woodpoint Bar & Grill in Hagerstown a three-month extension to find a buyer for the business or risk losing his liquor license.
Herald-Mail file photo

Washington County liquor officials have given the owner of the Woodpoint Bar & Grill in Hagerstown a three-month extension to find a buyer or partner to reopen the business or risk losing his liquor license.

On Wednesday, the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County told Jeff South at the liquor board’s office on West Washington Street in Hagerstown that they would extend the license until the end of June.

The license was scheduled to expire Thursday.

“At the end of three months, if you’re no further ahead than you are today, that license is going to go dead,” liquor board Treasurer Charles Mades said.

Even though the Woodpoint at 1437 Salem Ave. closed in April 2011, the three-member liquor board allowed South to maintain the license because he said that he planned to reopen the business.

South and his Realtor, Tim Light, who attended Wednesday’s hearing, also stated that the Woodpoint might be sold.

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South said he needed an extension on the license because a potential buyer or business partner would have to take part in renovation decisions, including those associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“The bathrooms are going to have to be enlarged ... I haven’t acted on that yet,” South said. “Whoever I go into partnership with, whoever would become an owner or part owner, or even a full owner of the business ... They would have to make that decision.”

Light said several people have inquired about buying the Woodpoint. Some of the negotiations, he said, have been close to reaching a deal.

“We have a number of (interested) buyers ... (but) I don’t have anyone I can say is going to buy it,” he said.

South and Light thanked the liquor board and said they believed the three-month extension was fair.

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