County Liquor Board allows game room at E. W. Beck's

September 15, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

E. W. Beck's can have a game room with darts, a pool table and video games in the Sykesville restaurant, Carroll County's liquor board decided yesterday.

But board members said the pub's two owners -- Brian William Beck, 28, and Joseph Scott Beck, 24, both of Columbia -- are going to have to pay more attention to the county's liquor laws.

"I think it is important they show to this board a willingness to comply with our regulations," said board member Russell Mayer in voting to give the game room a six-month trial. "Our regulations are not that strenuous."

Board members noted that the brothers had often sent their monthly food sales reports late and that reports for May and July were still missing. Food sales must make up 40 percent of the revenue in Carroll County establishments with Class B liquor licenses.

Also, the pair set up a pool table in a side room last winter after the board told them not to. The board granted Beck's Class B Beer, Wine and Liquor license last summer on the condition that there would be no pool tables or video games.

The video games, but not the table, were later approved by the board in a hearing with the Becks and their father, Ernest. Ernest Beck owns 50 percent of the business and each son owns 20 percent.

Thomas Anuzeuski of Sykesville, the only Carroll County resident on the liquor license, has the final 10 percent.

"You have offended this board tremendously," said board member William Sapp, recalling how he had met with Brian Beck twice about the table. "You knew perfectly well you were not authorized to have a pool table."

In response, the brothers admitted they had been lax in following county regulations but asked the board to consider how they've improved the business since buying it from Howard R. Ferguson. Mr. Ferguson ran the business as Fergie's.

"We felt we weren't getting a fair rap for what we have done there," said Brian Beck, noting how they had renovated the building and that families are now eating there. "It was basically a biker bar. I had a two-by-four swung at my head the first weekend we were open.

"We haven't had the police down there since the first month, and there aren't the problems in the parking lot any more."

The board agreed that the restaurant has improved greatly.

"I like the restaurant," said board chairman Earle Brewer. "I liked what I saw that day I was down there, except for the pool table. I hope everything goes well, and if everything you've told us today factual, there should be no problems."

The liquor board also:

* Agreed to upgrade the Class D Beer and Wine license of Gary and Dell's on Littlestown Pike to a Class B Beer, Wine and Liquor license. The restaurant, owned by Gary Reilly and William Stewart, will now be able to serve alcohol on Sundays.

* Issued to Frances Marie and Donald Eugene Baker, owners of Bradley's Fox Briar Inn, a Class D Beer and Wine license. Board members expect the Bakers to apply for an upgraded license after being open for 90 days.

The restaurant, formerly the Tollgate Inn, is scheduled to open Sept. 23.

Mr. and Mrs. Baker ran the site as the Spotted Horse Inn from 1973 to 1986.

* Transferred the Class B Beer, Wine and Liquor license for Fan's restaurant in Westminster from David W. Arvin, Pat Yun Fan and Pat Chung Fan to David W. Arvin, Xin Q. Kuang and Ava Sau Ting Kuang.

* Transferred the Village Store in Detour's Class A Beer and Wine package goods license from Rebecca L. Carmack to Roxanne Burrier. Ms. Burrier purchased the business in August.

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