Restaurant finds itself in 'Catch-22'

May 12, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

For the past nine months, Smokehouse Restaurant's liquor license has languished in the Carroll County Office Building.

Although the liquor board approved Richard and Dorothy Mollett's application in August, the owners have yet to pick up XTC the license, administrator Ron Lau told board members yesterday.

Smokehouse is located on the grounds of Antrim, a Taneytown bed-and-breakfast inn.

"We gave them 45 days from the hearing [to pick up the license] and then two extensions," Mr. Lau said. "The last extension ran out in April."

Board members agreed to give Mr. and Mrs. Mollett until May 31 to either pick up the license or request another hearing. After that, the owners would have to re-apply for a liquor license.

"I want to give them a chance to respond," said Chairman Earle H. Brewer.

"But now we're being firm, rather than just letting this drag on."

In an interview later yesterday, Mr. Mollett said incomplete renovations at the restaurant have delayed his picking up the license.

"In order to open the restaurant to the public, we have to have two handicapped [accessible] restrooms, and the restaurant has to be open to get the license," Mr. Mollett said.

"We've been busy with other things and haven't had time to do it."

The restaurant now is open only to people staying at the inn, who are allowed to bring alcoholic beverages to drink with their meals, he said.

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