Diner proposed for Perry Hall refused liquor license

June 03, 1997|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County's liquor board yesterday denied a liquor license application for a proposed diner in Perry Hall, ruling that the owners did not prove the community needs another outlet selling alcohol.

In announcing his ruling against owners of a proposed Double-T diner, board Chairman Philip R. Leyhe Jr. said that while supporters and opponents had presented petitions with more than 200 signatures, more than 40 opponents attended the hearing -- outnumbering diner supporters there more than 10-to-1.

"The board takes into consideration the petitions, but [it doesn't] put as much weight on them as on people in the community who come out and show their support or opposition," Leyhe said.

In an interview after the 3 1/2 -hour hearing, Leslie M. Pittler, the lawyer representing the owners, asked: "Does that mean you don't make a decision based on the merits, but you make a decision based on the people attending?" Pittler said the ruling may be appealed.

During the hearing, Tom Welzenbach, a nearby restaurant owner and official in the Baltimore County Licensed Beverage Association, said he opposed the application because a rise in restaurants serving alcohol in the area has hurt his and other businesses.

Perry Hall residents predicted that the diner would cause traffic problems.

George F. Marmaras, who owns a Double-T Diner in Rosedale, wants to build a $2.8 million, 223-seat, 24-hour diner near Joppa and Belair roads. Testifying yesterday, he said the Perry Hall diner would follow the policy in place at his Rosedale restaurant, where he serves only beer and cuts off its sale at 1 a.m.

In December, a county zoning official rejected a petition from Marmaras and his wife, Peggy, for zoning variances to allow the diner project. The Marmarases responded by buying a small, adjoining parcel of property and reconfiguring the proposed diner's parking lots.

Pub Date: 6/03/97

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