Pulaski Highway bar gets reprieve on closing Judge allows Shakers to reopen on Wednesday

February 21, 1997|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

One of two Pulaski Highway bars found guilty of violating Baltimore County liquor board rules on seminude dancing and ordered closed for a week was able to evade part of that punishment -- for a time.

Shakers, at 7916 Pulaski Highway, was allowed to reopen Saturday night after attorneys for owner Norman F. Farris appealed the board's ruling and won a stay of the Feb. 10 order to close for seven days starting Feb. 11, said Assistant County Attorney Barry Butanis.

Butanis said he submitted his own motion to Baltimore County circuit Judge John Grason Turnbull II this week that resulted in a negotiated agreement for the bar to complete the week of quiet time starting Sunday at noon.

Shakers may reopen Wednesday.

Shakers was one of three Pulaski Highway bars that brought nearly 200 angry Rosedale residents to the liquor board hearing last week -- and sparked a proposal to toughen liquor laws in the county.

Residents protested the bars' exotic female dancers, saying the businesses were the latest example of problems that have brought an unfavorable reputation to the blue-collar community.

At the hearing, board inspectors testified that dancers broke board rules by allowing patrons to lick whipped cream from their bodies, place tips in leg garters and buy private time in bar booths.

Shakers was fined $500 and ordered to close for a week.

Boomerang at 8200 Pulaski Highway was fined $250 and remained closed for the week the board specified.

The hearing for the third club, Backsides, at 8359 Pulaski Highway, was postponed; a new date has not been set.

Meanwhile, state legislators from the county are at work on a bill that would make so-called adult entertainment illegal at any bar that did not have it by April 9, 1996, when the legislature last adjourned.

The three Pulaski Highway clubs began featuring dancers after that date.

Pub Date: 2/21/97

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