STAFF WRITER — The owners of three inns in the county admitted yesterday that theiremployees served beer to a 19-year-old undercover police cadet last month during a liquor board investigation.
The liquor board fined the Westminster Inn, 5 S. Center St., and the Reese Inn, 1634 Old Westminster Pike, $350 each for the violations.
The board will make a decision within 30 days regarding charges against the Bachman Valley Inn, 4516 Hanover Pike, Manchester.
Noneof the businesses had previous violations.
Also yesterday, the board granted beer, wine and liquor licenses to two restaurants openingin South Carroll.
Morty's the Restaurant featuring Sher's Hideaway will open at 6228 Sykesville Road in Sykesville, former site of theWillow Inn. Morty's specialty will be chicken.
The owners are Rosario D. Rizzo of Eldersburg, Sharon L. Snyder of Westminster and William F. Love Jr. of Severna Park, Anne Arundel County.
Also, the China Dragon will open in Freedom Village Shopping Center at 6300 Georgetown Road in Eldersburg.
The owners are Jennie W. Dow of Sykesville and Hsiang Tien Chen and Hsiu Li Chen, both of Eldersburg.
Details about the cases heard yesterday by the board are:
* Westminster Inn -- Owner Mark Gross said the waitress who served a can of Coor's light beer to Robin L. Frailer, 19, of Bel Air, Harford County, hasbeen fired.
Frailer, a cadet with the Maryland State Police, and Trooper Douglas R. Wehland visited a number of bars Aug. 8 under the supervision of liquor board Administrator J. Ronald Lau.
Lau said he had received an anonymous complaint Aug. 6 that the Westminster Inn was serving alcohol to minors. Frailer was not asked for proof of age before being served a beer in the outdoor courtyard at the inn at about 9:20 p.m., Lau's report said.
Gross said he regularly tells his staff to ask for identification from anyone who looks younger than 30. He also requires employees to read a handbook that outlines hispolicies and posts reminders that people younger than 21 cannot be served alcohol.
* Reese Inn -- Lau said he received an anonymous call in June that the inn was serving alcohol to minors.
Frailer wasasked for identification when she ordered two beers at 8:50 p.m. Aug. 8, but the waitress served her anyway, Lau reported.
The waitress made a mistake reading Frailer's birth date, said owner Effie Flater of Finksburg.
* Bachman Valley Inn -- A bartender served Frailera beer without carding her at 8:20 p.m. Aug. 8.
When Wehland, Lauand Frailer returned to the bar at 10:30 p.m. to talk with the bartender, the doorman refused to allow them to enter.
This resulted inanother charge against inn owners, because county law says liquor board officials are allowed to enter establishments that have liquor licenses at any time.
Owner Jeffrey Keene of Manchester said the doorman detained the officials until Keene could come to the door because he has had problems with people using fake badges to gain admittance.
"It wasn't meant as a sign of disrespect," he said.
The maximum penalty for the offenses is a fine of up to $2,000 and suspensionof the liquor license.
* Corner Package Goods -- Owner Leon Holzman was charged with buying beer from a business other than a licensedmanufacturer or wholesaler and for keeping incomplete records. The store is at Liberty and Sykesville roads in Eldersburg.
Lau said that Holzman bought 20 cases of beer from Salerno's restaurant on Liberty Road Aug. 1 and 2 and that he did not properly record one of the purchases in his records.
Holzman said that he bought 10 of the cases for his own use and that Robert Penn Jr. of Sykesville, former manager of the store, bought the other 10.
The board will make a decision on the charges within 30 days.
In other business, the board decided not to allow Western Maryland College a beer and wine license because school officials did not show sufficient need.
The board did grant a liquor license to the Fortune Inn Corp., which plans to open a Chinese restaurant at the Roberts Field Shopping Center in Hampstead.