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Washington County liquor board briefs

April 03, 2013

Restaurant fined for serving alcohol to underage agent

A popular restaurant in downtown Hagerstown has been fined $500 for serving alcohol to an underage police agent.

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, imposed the fine against Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant during a Wednesday hearing.

Hagerstown Police Officer T. Niebauer said the incident occurred Feb. 22, when a bartender served a beer to an underage police agent.

The liquor board said it appreciated the fact that this was the Schmankerl Stube’s first offense since the restaurant opened about 25 years ago.

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Charles Sekula, who is listed as a licensee on the Schmankerl Stube’s liquor license, apologized for the incident.

“We try to comply as much as humanly possible,” he said.

Board grants liquor license for film festival reception

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County on Wednesday granted a one-day liquor license to serve beer and wine at a private reception for the Maryland International Film Festival in Hagerstown.

Heather Guessford, an event spokeswoman, said the reception will be April 11 at the Washington County Arts Council at 34-36 S. Potomac St.

Guessford told the liquor board that volunteers would check identifications to ensure alcohol isn’t sold to underage attendees.

The festival will be April 11-13 at various theaters downtown.

Man said he wants to buy liquor store

A man told Washington County liquor officials on Wednesday that he wants to buy Interstate Liquors at 18413 Rose Glow Drive south of Hagerstown.

Ron Hammond said during a hearing before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that he wanted to purchase the business from current owner Michael Chae.

The liquor board said Hammond could apply for a license transfer between the two parties. The application process takes 30 days.

Board gives OK for tavern to use patio for alcohol consumption

The owner of the Wolfe’s Den tavern at 6 W. Water St. in Smithsburg was granted permission to let patrons consume alcohol on a patio outside the bar.

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County gave its approval during a hearing Wednesday at the liquor board office on West Washington Street in Hagerstown.

Brenda Wolfe said her customers currently use the patio for smoking.

The liquor board told Wolfe to make sure that noise coming from the patio doesn’t bother people who live in the neighborhood.

— Dan Dearth

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