County Liquor Board approves 5 license changes Daytime hearings set for September

July 15, 1993|By James M. Coram | James M. Coram,Staff Writer

The Howard County Liquor Board tentatively approved five license changes this week and agreed to hold daytime hearings beginning in September.

Jerry Hyon Choe, the contract purchaser of National Pike Crab House in Ellicott City, said he plans to convert the crab house to "a first-class seafood restaurant" that would sell liquor as well as beer and wine.

The board voted 3-0 to grant his request in a work session following Tuesday night's hearing.

George Goeller was allowed to more than double the area covered by his liquor license for the Phoenix Emporium in Ellicott City, from 2,707 square feet to 6,015 square feet, including a 540-square-foot outside deck. No music may be played or piped into the deck, the board said.

Mr. Goeller was denied a change that would have allowed him to sell specialty beers to take-out customers. He said customers have asked him to sell specialty beers that they can't get anywhere else.

He said he now carries 75 brands of beer for in-house consumption, but could stock 200 brands if granted the carry-out license.

The board denied the request, saying it did not want to set a precedent of allowing taverns to expand their licenses to sell beer on a carry-out basis.

Taverns that already have a take-out license may keep them, however. The Judge's Bench, which is on the same street as the Phoenix Emporium, was granted permission to keep its carry-out privilege when requesting a name change on its license.

In other action Tuesday, the board approved beer and wine sales at Jerry's Subs and Pizza in Ellicott City and approved an 876-square-foot expansion of Mel's Liquors in Jessup.

No one protested any of the requests for license changes Tuesday night. As a result, the board decided to hold daytime hearings beginning 9 a.m. Sept. 9.

All of the votes Tuesday were 3-0 because two board members were absent.

The votes are not official until members sign a "decision and order" prepared by the county legal office. The decision is expected within 30 days.

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