Liquor board approves new license for Rewster's Pizza Hut put on hold

April 21, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Rewster's Restaurant in Mount Airy can again serve liquor with its meals. The Carroll County Liquor Board approved a new license yesterday for Douglas W. and Joan Henley and Dennis Collins, the restaurant's new officers.

Also, board members voted to further delay deciding about a Class B beer, wine and liquor license for the Hampstead Pizza Hut because of a lack of information.

The Pizza Hut case has been on hold for four years awaiting the Maryland Court of Special Appeals decision in March that chain restaurants may apply for a liquor license.

In the Rewster's case, the restaurant lost its license in March when the sole licensee, Raymond Edward Watts, moved to Florida. County liquor regulations require licensees to live in Carroll.

"This situation was not brought on by the liquor board," said Chairman Earle H. Brewer in response to accusations that the license was removed unfairly. "Mr. Henley was given enough time to have his name put on the license."

Mr. Brewer said when Mr. Watts made Mr. Henley a stockholder, the former owner also offered him a position as an officer in the corporation. The liquor board informed Mr. Henley that officers must have their names on the license, and he declined the position, Mr. Brewer said.

He also said Mr. Henley had asked several prominent citizens and county officials, including the county commissioners, to call Mr. Brewer and request the license be reinstated.

"I do not bend to that kind of pressure," Mr. Brewer said.

Mr. Henley picked up his license yesterday. The board's 90-day waiting period for restaurants did not apply because Rewster's did not close after it lost its license, said liquor board administrator J. Ronald Lau.

In the Pizza Hut case, board members hoped to use testimony given at the September 1989 hearing and approve the license. However, a discussion with the applicant, Gregory Hendrickson, revealed he is no longer an area manager for Pizza Hut.

The Westminster resident now manages three current and seven future Boston Chicken restaurants throughout Maryland. He is the sole stockholder of Stead Inc., which owns the Hampstead Pizza Hut franchise.

Board members said that at next month's meeting they would like to interview the Hampstead Pizza Hut employees who will be in charge of the alcohol servers.

In other liquor board actions:

* Members approved a Class B beer, wine and liquor license application for William D. Parks, owner of Parks Landing in Westminster.

Under the board's 90-day rule for restaurant licenses, Mr. Parks cannot serve alcohol until the Fairground Village Shopping Center restaurant, formerly known as BJ's of Westminster, has been open for 90 days. Mr. Parks said he will allow patrons to bring their own alcohol until he gets the license.

* Gary Riley of Fairfield, Pa., received a Class D beer and wine tavern license for Gary and Dell's Restaurant in Westminster. William Steward of Westminster is the resident applicant for the license.

Mr. Riley has bought and remodeled the former Trader's Crab Deck on Littlestown Pike. He told the board yesterday that he intends to apply for a Class B beer, wine and liquor restaurant license about 90 days after it opens.

* Board members agreed to indicate in the record, with no penalty attached, that the former Time Out Club in Westminster was closed for more than 10 days without the liquor board's permission.

Melissa Walker, the restaurant's former owner, had notified the board she was going out of business. The restaurant is closed, and the license has been returned to the liquor board.

* Members voted to allow the owners of E.W. Beck's in Sykesville to install game machines in the restaurant. A condition of the original license was that the machines could not be put in until after a probation period.

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