The county liquor board fined the owner of Rewster's Restaurant and Lounge in Taylorsville $1,500 last week after finding that bar employees served alcohol after hours and because of a disturbance outside the bar on June 27.
The board also suspended the restaurant's liquor license for three days as a result of the disturbance but revoked the suspension because it was the first offense of that nature.
Rewster's manager Doug Henley said he and his employees did everything they could to diffuse a "potentially volatile situation" at around 12:30 a.m. June 27, when about 10 people entered the bar and were denied service.
Assistant manager Dennis Collins said some members of the group became belligerent when asked for identification. They used "filthy language" and appeared to be intoxicated, he said.
The group had come from a bachelor party at another bar, Mr. Henley said.
Mr. Collins said he escorted the loudest member of the group outside, but the man continued to argue that he should be served. Mr. Collins also said he feared a fight would start between the group and customers who were in the bar.
The board was aware of the disturbance because liquor board administrator J. Ronald Lau was sitting in a parking lot across the road from Rewster's. Mr. Lau had received complaints about the restaurant and was investigating.
Mr. Lau testified that he also saw two people drinking at the bar after 1:15 a.m., the latest alcohol may be consumed.
Also last week, the board:
* Gave a liquor license to Todd M. Haynie, 29, of Westminster, who plans to open the Time Out Club Steak and Seafood House at East Main Street and Route 97.
The Turn Around Sports Pub, which opened in late 1990, closed in mid-April.
Mr. Haynie said he is remodeling the building and will advertise it as a family restaurant.
* Approved the transfer of a liquor license from Howard Ferguson, owner of Fergie's at 7565 Main St. in Sykesville, to Brian W. and J. Scott Beck of Columbia and Tom W. Anuszewski of Sykesville, who plan to open E.W. Beck's Saloon. The three worked at the Crab Shanty in Ellicott City.
Sykesville Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. testified that he was impressed with their plan.
* Approved the transfer of a liquor license from John Bellusci, owner of Main Street Liquors in Hampstead, to the new owners of the store, Craig R. and Eileen J. Arman of Baltimore and Brenda E. Humerick of Millers.