Restaurants must wait to request liquor license

MARYLAND/REGIONAL BRIEFS

November 12, 1992

WESTMINSTER -- New restaurants must be in business three months before they can apply for a license to serve alcohol, the county liquor board has ruled.

The regulation, approved Tuesday, was designed to help restaurants meet their food quotas, said board Chairman Earle Brewer.

Food sales must make up 40 percent of the revenue in establishments with Class B restaurant licenses.

Liquor board members said businesses could apply for Class D tavern licenses, which allow beer and wine sales but prohibit Sunday opening, without having to meet a food requirement.

"We've had a problem with restaurants establishing themselves as restaurants," Mr. Brewer said.

Last year, the liquor board tried to change the Class D license to allow establishments to serve hard liquor and be open seven days a week.

But the county's General Assembly delegation -- which must approve all liquor law changes -- would not introduce the bill.

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