Rudys' wants liquor laws changed

January 26, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

The owners of Rudys' 2900 in Finksburg have asked local lawmakers to change Carroll liquor laws to allow the restaurant to close for lunch, a meal that has not been profitable.

The elegant restaurant on Route 140 near Route 91 never has done a brisk lunch business, co-owner Rudolph Speckamp said.

But the establishment, popular with residents throughout the Baltimore area, does well at dinner time. Rudys' has the third-highest gross sales of Carroll restaurants with liquor licenses, said liquor board Administrator J. Ronald Lau.

Liquor board records show Rudys' gross sales were about $1 million in 1992. Eighty-one percent of that amount came from food sales.

Legislation drafted by County Attorney Charles W. Thompson Jr. would create a new liquor license for Rudys' and other restaurants that want to serve only one evening meal at least six days a week.

Current law says restaurants with Class B liquor licenses must serve two meals a day during the week and one meal a day on weekends. Restaurants with the new liquor license, which would be called Class BR, would not be allowed to serve alcohol to people who are not dining and would not be allowed to sell alcohol for carry out.

Del. Richard N. Dixon, a District 5A Democrat, said he will work for the change during the current General Assembly session. He said it's important that legislators help Rudys' because of the restaurant's economic impact on Carroll.

Changes in county laws must be approved by the General Assembly.

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