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Former Woodpoint Bar & Grill might reopen under new name

The Hagerstown restaurant would operate as the Wood Point Seafood Grille

July 17, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • The former Woodpoint Bar & Grill off Salem Avenue in Hagerstown might open in the next few weeks under a different name and new owners. The new business will operate as the Wood Point Seafood Grille, according to liquor board documents.
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HAGERSTOWN — The former Woodpoint Bar & Grill off Salem Avenue in Hagerstown might open in the next few weeks under a different name and new owners. The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County on Wednesday voted 3-0 to grant a conditional liquor license to Brian Marquiss and Frederick Knode.

The liquor board told Marquiss and Knode that they would have to obtain a trader’s license, and the Woodpoint at 1437 Salem Ave. would have to pass final inspections from the fire and health departments to complete the process.

Marquiss did not provide a specific date, but told the liquor board that he and Knode might reopen in a few weeks.

“We’re just about ready to go,” Marquiss said.

The new business will operate as the Wood Point Seafood Grille, according to liquor board documents.

Marquiss said after Wednesday’s hearing that the restaurant will serve steaks, sandwiches and seafood, including hardshell crabs.

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Knode said the business would employ five or six people.

Knode said he and Marquiss were starting out on a lease-to-own agreement with the South family.

Jeff South, who did not attend the hearing, has said during previous liquor board meetings that the Woodpoint has been in his family since his father bought the business in 1954.

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.

South told the liquor board in July 2012 that he and his brothers would consider selling the business if the right offer came along.

The Class D liquor license that was conditionally granted to Marquiss and Knode permits the on- and off-sale of beer, wine and liquor.

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