Tavern on agenda of council meeting ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

January 25, 1993

The City Council will continue to look for a compromise tonight in the controversy over whether one of Annapolis' oldest taverns should be allowed to expand a kitchen.

Jerry Hardesty, owner of the 142-year-old Middleton Tavern on City Dock, wants to expand the upstairs kitchen by 327 square feet and repair the leaking roof. The request has become a battle of interests of residents and merchants in the historic district.

For the past month, downtown homeowners, restaurateurs and business leaders have weighed in on whether Mr. Hardesty should be required to meet a number of conditions -- including regulations on noise and trash -- in return for expansion approval. A requirement that he install a brick sidewalk has been dropped by the council.

Enough neighbors of the restaurant sent in petitions opposing the kitchen renovation that the council needs a "super majority," or three-fourths vote, to approve Mr. Hardesty's application.

Two different compromise plans were floated by factions of the council two weeks ago, but each failed for lack of a majority vote.

The council will try again tonight at 7:30 in City Hall.

Other items on the council agenda include a plan by Dallas Evans, head of the city's Community Action Agency, to build a traditional-style neighborhood of low-income housing on one of the last vacant lots in Annapolis.

Police charge man with robbery

An Annapolis man was charged with robbery Friday after he allegedly snatched a woman's purse at the parish house of a Catholic church while asking directions to a homeless shelter, city police said.

Timothy Austin Blake, 36, of the 700 block of Newtowne Drive was arrested shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday when police found him hiding in playground equipment about two blocks from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Annapolis.

City police gave the following account of the events leading to the arrest:

Shortly before 8 p.m., a man went into the St. Mary's parish house on Duke of Gloucester Street and asked for directions to the Light House homeless shelter. As he left, he grabbed a woman's purse with such force that it caused her pocket to rip out of her coat, police said.

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