Facade denied permit

February 11, 1993|By Eric Siegel | Eric Siegel,Staff Writer

The city zoning board has voted unanimously to deny a request by the Facade nightspot in Northwest Baltimore for a new permit to operate as a restaurant with dancing.

The lawyer for Facade at 5507 Reisterstown Road said yesterday that the club will appeal the decision to Circuit Court and plans to remain open pending the appeal.

Facade has been operating without a permit since September, when the city zoning administrator revoked its original license to operate as a restaurant with dancing. The zoning administrator held that the establishment was actually an after-hours dance hall that served little or no food.

Dance halls are a special use under city zoning laws that require prior approval of the mayor and City Council.

Facade applied to the zoning administrator for a new permit as a restaurant with dancing, which was denied.

The club then appealed the denial of the new permit to the Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals, which announced its decision after a special 2 1/2 -hour hearing Monday.

A court hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 25 on a request by the city for an injunction to close down Facade.

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