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Washington County Liquor Board briefs

July 17, 2013

Smithsburg restaurant’s liquor license transferred

Washington County liquor officials on Wednesday allowed the owners of an Italian restaurant in Smithsburg to transfer their liquor license to a new location on Virginia Avenue in Halfway.

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County voted 3-0 during the hearing to transfer the liquor license of Carmine’s Italian Restaurant at the Village Plaza in Smithsburg to 17102 Virginia Ave.

Carmine’s co-owner Rhonda Schiano Moriello told the liquor board that the new site still has to pass a few inspections, but if everything goes well, the Virginia Avenue location could open in a few weeks.

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Schiano Moriello did not give a reason for making the move.

Carmine’s opened in Smithsburg four years ago.

Airport jet center eyes alcohol sales

The owner of Rider Jet Center at Hagerstown Regional Airport told Washington County liquor officials on Wednesday that he wanted to explore selling alcohol at the business.

David Rider told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that he was considering whether to open a cafe at the business and would like to sell alcohol.

He described the jet center as a “Sheetz for aircraft,” saying he sells fuel and other items to aviation customers.

“They want food. They want catering. They want liquor to take on their aircraft and go,” he said. “We’d like to be able to have that service to provide to our customers.”

Liquor board Chairman Robert Everhart said the request was unusual and needed to be researched before the three-member liquor board could take it up.

— Dan Dearth

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