Judge refuses to permit Owl Bar to reopen pending appeal hearing

January 07, 1994|By Norris P. West | Norris P. West,Staff Writer

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge rejected yesterday an effort to reopen the famed Owl Bar and the adjacent Renaissance Cafe & Club, which were shut last week by the city Board of Liquor

License Commissioners.

Judge Ellen M. Heller denied a request to stay the liquor board's order suspending the license while an appeal is pending in Circuit Court. She said an investigator's report on noise, dancing and disc jockeys at the Renaissance raised concerns about the owner's failure to follow restrictions on his liquor license.

However, she placed the appeal on a fast-track docket and set a hearing for Feb. 10.

"This court can't stay the decision, because I think there are serious violations," Judge Heller said.

On Dec. 30, the liquor board suspended Mr. Dorizas' license to operate the Owl Bar and the Renaissance.

The license covered both establishments and required Mr. Dorizas to operate them as restaurants. Consequently, the suspension resulted in the closing of both.

His lawyer, Melvin J. Kodenski, said the liquor inspector did not see the Renaissance function as a restaurant because the inspector always visited after 11:30 at night, after most people had eaten.

Mark P. Keener, a lawyer for the board, said Belvedere condo owners constantly complained to the board "about a very loud, noisy nightclub that wasn't playing by the rules."

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