The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men's organization that plans to open a club at 7560 Main St. in Sykesville, has applied for a license to sell beer, wine and liquor.
The club will rent a hall on its first floor to the public for wedding receptions and other events and will have a private bar and dining area on the second floor, members told the county liquor board at a hearing Tuesday.
The club, scheduled to open around Dec. 21, will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday initially, K of C President Peter R. O'Sullivan said.
Sykesville Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. testified that the K of C should be given a liquor license and that the club would be "an asset" to the downtown area.
The group submitted a petition with 120 signatures in support of the liquor license.
The liquor board heard from only one person opposed to giving the club a liquor license. Jeanette Kasnia of Sykesville objected because a business across the street, Fergie's, already serves alcohol.
Liquor board member William A. Sapp, a K of C member, said he would not vote on the issue.
The board will issue a written decision within 30 days.