Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY --

August 11, 1993

Residents sue over restaurant hours

Eleven Annapolis residents, fearing crowds, noise and congestion, have asked a county judge to reverse a City Council decision allowing a downtown restaurant to stay open until 2 a.m.

They sued Monday in Anne Anne Arundel Circuit Court, claiming they were "adversely affected" by the council's decision July 12 to allow Buddy's Crabs & Ribs to stay open two hours later than its previous midnight closing time.

The residents, several of whom opposed the move during a council hearing, said the later hours would increase the number of patrons and add "traffic, disorderly conduct, destruction of private property, noise and pedestrian traffic," according to court papers.

A bitterly divided council voted 5-4 last month to allow the restaurant in the 100 block of Main St. to stay open until 2 a.m., serving liquor without food and providing live entertainment. The action came one month after some 75 residents packed City Hall and urged the council to reject the proposal. Supporters of the later hours said neighborhood taverns, such as Fran O'Brien's, hold 2 a.m. licenses.

Harvey Blonder, Buddy's owner, said he tried for several years to keep his restaurant open past midnight. He denied that a 2 a.m. closing would cause problems and said he will wait before extending the hours, adding, "We just want to get all this behind us."

N.J. man charged with theft of meal

County police charged a New Jersey man with theft Friday after he allegedly refused to pay for his meal at an Annapolis restaurant.

Police said Walter Bivins III, 25, of Lakewood, N.J., allegedly ordered $70.60 of food from Lester's Restaurant in the Ramada Inn in the 100 block of Jennifer Road and refused to pay when presented with the bill. Mr. Bivins told police that he did not have the money.

It was the second time a restaurant manager complained that Mr. Bivins refused to pay for a meal, police said. On Thursday, police were called to the restaurant of the Annapolis Holiday Inn in the 200 block of Holiday Court, where the manager claimed that Mr. Bivins ordered about $40 in food and drinks and said he had no money when presented with the bill.

Police said the manager of that restaurant did not want to press charges but wanted Mr. Bivins off the property.

Baseball cards stolen in Davidsonville

A Davidsonville man told county police that someone stole baseball cards valued at $1,540 from his home in the 800 block of Gallant Fox Lane between June 10 and July 7.

The cards were kept in an album in the victim's office. Because the thief took only the most valuable cards in the collection, a baseball card fancier is suspected. Among the missing cards were a 1959 Mickey Mantle valued at $440, two 1982 Cal Ripken cards valued at $55 each, a 1975 George Brett card valued at $215, a 1975 Robin Yount card valued at $215, and a complete 658-card set of the 1984 Donruss collection valued at $400.

POLICE LOG

* Shady Side: Someone stole a set of golf clubs and a bag valued at $675 from a house in the 1600 block of Cedar Road Tuesday night.

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