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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | October 11, 2012
The Eagles Club Inc., which began this year closed due to gaming violations, faces another suspension of its liquor license following a Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement investigation. An administrative law judge issued a suspension of the club's liquor license from Dec. 10, 2012, to May 9, 2013. The judge's decision also calls for a $4,000 fine, according to Officer John Mathias, a supervisor with the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | October 10, 2012
Washington County liquor officials voted 3-0 during a Wednesday hearing to revoke the liquor license of a tavern in downtown Hagerstown. For more than four years, the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County had been holding the license of the Short Stop Tavern near the corner of South Potomac and West Antietam streets while owner Mike Deming said he was renovating the building. “I make a motion that we void the license at this time,” liquor board Secretary William Dunham said.
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June 26, 2013
Washington County liquor officials on Wednesday granted a liquor license to a new restaurant on Wesel Boulevard in Hagerstown. Watcha Chaokrajang told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County during a final hearing for a license to serve beer, wine and liquor that he intended to open Finn Thai Restaurant by mid-July at 1580 Wesel Blvd. Chaokrajang said the restaurant will specialize in Thai food. Editor's note: This story was edited June 27, 2013, to correct the name of the restaurant in the second paragraph.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | January 24, 2012
Right now, Greencastle Greens Golf Club has a “bring your own” policy for golf tournaments and golf leagues. But Greencastle Greens wants to reduce its liability by securing a liquor license. The hitch is the golf course is in Antrim Township - which is a dry township. During Tuesday's Antrim Township meeting, Susan Stepnick, sales and marketing manager for the Greencastle-area facility off Williamson Road, told the five supervisors that permitting golfers to bring liquor opens up the course to liability.
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February 27, 2013
A new liquor license has been granted to a Franklin County, Pa., business. Because of increases in Franklin County's population, another liquor license was allocated to the county. Seven businesses applied for that license. On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board determined the license should go to Montezuma Mexican Restaurant on Pa. 316, said Stacy Kriedeman, spokeswoman for the board. According to the Liquor Control Board's website, a restaurant liquor license authorizes a licensee to sell liquor, including wine, and malt or brewed beverages, such as beer, to customers for them to drink on the premises.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 14, 2011
The county liquor board Wednesday granted permission for the owner of Wolfe's on the Square, a former liquor, hardware and fishing supply store in downtown Williamsport, to transfer his liquor license. The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County voted 3-0 during a hearing at the liquor board office at 148 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown to give Jack Slick authorization to transfer the off-sale license to L&J Liquors. L&J Liquors of Williamsport LLC is owned by the Bowman Development Group of Williamsport, liquor board Administrator Vaun Miles said.
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By DAN DEARTH | July 7, 2010
The owner of the Taj India restaurant in downtown Hagerstown has paid a $2,500 fine levied by Washington County liquor officials for staying open past operating hours May 23, when a fight involving several people occurred behind the business. The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, imposed the fine in a letter that was sent June 7 to Asth Vinayak LLC at 28 S. Potomac St. The business, which paid the fine Tuesday, also was handed a 30-day liquor license suspension and was placed on probation until Jan. 6, 2011.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 27, 2013
Hagerstown restaurant owners must be able to seat 75 people before they can obtain a liquor license to serve alcohol, but city officials are considering whether that requirement should be lowered to help smaller businesses be more competitive. Mayor David Gysberts said the Hagerstown City Council is scheduled to discuss the matter during a meeting on Aug. 13. “I think 75 seats seems a little arbitrary,” Gysberts said. “Anytime we can reduce the barriers to support businesses and increase opportunity, I think that's a good thing.” Gysberts said that although 50 seats seemed more reasonable, he believed the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County should make the final decision to determine how low the seating capacity should go. As it stands, a Class P license, or pouring license, cannot be issued in a permanent building unless the seating capacity is at least 75, according to the revised laws, rules and regulations of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the adaptations of the county liquor board.
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by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | May 18, 2005
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Greene Township voters narrowly approved allowing the sale of liquor by the local country club in Tuesday's election. With all six precincts reporting, 2,274 residents voted on the referendum with 1,154 voting to grant the request of the owners of the Chambersburg Country Club for a liquor license. The referendum asked voters if they favored the granting of liquor licenses for privately owned private golf courses in the Township of Greene by the Chambersburg Country Club.
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by DAN DEARTH | June 7, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Two Hagerstown city councilwomen attended a Wednesday hearing of the Washington County Board of License Commissioners to oppose a downtown developer's pursuit of a liquor license. Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh said that if the liquor board grants developer Don Bowman a liquor license for a carry-out store that he plans to open in the first block of South Potomac Street, objectionable people would have more of a reason to frequent that area. City officials went to great lengths to clear South Potomac Street of the Double T Lounge, McBare's Pub and the troublemakers who used to frequent those establishments, she said.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | August 13, 2013
Smaller Hagerstown restaurants may soon be able to serve alcohol after the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday agreed to support lowering the seating requirement from 75 to 50 patrons to attain a liquor license. In an effort to reduce barriers for growth in City Center, the five-member council reached a consensus to make a formal request to the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County for the seating requirement reduction to be made. The three-member panel has the authority to change the seating-requirement law, according to previous reports in The Herald-Mail.
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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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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 17, 2013
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.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | July 11, 2013
An Annapolis restaurateur told Washington County liquor officials Wednesday that he wants to open a coffee shop with delivery service on Public Square in Hagerstown. Pietro Priola said during a hearing before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that if everything goes as planned, he will open the coffee shop around Aug. 1 at 2 W. Washington St. “I just took it over about two weeks ago,” he said. “We're doing the coffee bar, coffee house with food. We're doing salads, sandwiches, soups, wraps and stuff like that.” Priola said he requested the hearing before the liquor board to discuss meeting the seating requirement to obtain a license to serve beer and local wines.
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June 26, 2013
Washington County liquor officials on Wednesday granted a liquor license to a new restaurant on Wesel Boulevard in Hagerstown. Watcha Chaokrajang told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County during a final hearing for a license to serve beer, wine and liquor that he intended to open Finn Thai Restaurant by mid-July at 1580 Wesel Blvd. Chaokrajang said the restaurant will specialize in Thai food. Editor's note: This story was edited June 27, 2013, to correct the name of the restaurant in the second paragraph.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 12, 2013
A Hagerstown man appeared before Washington County liquor board officials on Wednesday to apply for a liquor license to reopen the Woodpoint Bar & Grill off Salem Avenue in Hagerstown. Brian Marquiss said during a hearing before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that he has been meeting with building, fire and health inspectors to reopen the business. He said work still needs to be done on the ceiling, a floor in a walk-in cooler, and tiles in the bar and kitchen.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 12, 2013
The parking lot at the West End Pub in Hagerstown was full of vehicles Wednesday morning, but the marquee between the front doors was gone. By 9:30 a.m. Thursday, owner Ruth Thompson will have to turn in her liquor license after violating a number of local liquor laws. Although Thompson wasn't at the pub on Wednesday morning, an employee and a number of her patrons agreed to talk about the bar's closure. “I've put in resumes, but nobody has answered back,” bartender Becki Brophy said about looking for another job. “They've taken all of our jobs from us, and some of us have kids to raise.” On May 29, the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County voted 3-0 to revoke the pub's liquor license.
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By KAREN MAWDSLEY | kmawdsley@schurz.com | June 12, 2013
The casual dining chain Red Robin plans to open a restaurant at Valley Mall in Halfway this fall that will bring its signature hamburgers and 60 new jobs, according to company and mall officials. The restaurant - winner of the Zagat No. 1 Best Burger for the past four years in the full-service fast food category - offers standard, moderately priced American fare. It will debut its corporate-owned Hagerstown location at Valley Mall, located near the interchange of Interstate-81 and Interstate-70.
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June 6, 2013
The manager of a liquor store in downtown Hagerstown told Washington County liquor officials Wednesday that she wants to buy the business from the current owner. Erica Vu said during a hearing before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that she wanted to purchase Universal Spirits at 33 E. Franklin St. from current owner David Verzi. Verzi's attorney, Brian Kurtyka, who also attended the hearing, said Verzi spends a lot of time in Florida and wanted to transfer the liquor license to Vu. Vu said she has managed Universal Spirits for the last three years.
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