Liquor board denies license to delicatessen Panel concludes business would 'unduly disturb' Poplar Springs community

October 16, 1998|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Seven years after the Howard County Board of License Commissioners stripped a tavern in Poplar Springs of its liquor license, the board has denied a similar application by a delicatessen operating in the same location.

Although the board did not prohibit a future request, it concluded that granting a liquor license to Daisy Deli in the 17000 block of Frederick Road would harm the community.

"The operation of the business, if the license were granted, will unduly disturb the peace of the residents of the neighborhood," the board wrote in a decision and order released Tuesday.

The board's finding delighted several homeowners near the deli who expressed concerns about the location of the business and the ability of its patrons to drive.

"I have no objection to a restaurant being there as long as it doesn't add to the detriment of the community," said John B. Clark, a Lisbon resident who attended a Sept. 8 public hearing on the application. "There are just some troubling things about it."

The decision and order said Joyce M. Bloom, an administrator for a licensed child care center in Montgomery County and owner of the Daisy Deli, told the board that she bought the 50-year-old building to open a 2,458 square-foot upscale, family restaurant.

Bloom also testified that the restaurant would include a small bar that would be open until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Two homeowners testified in support of the license.

But 12 other residents told the board the restaurant would be a source of noise and disturbing behavior by unruly patrons.

Orlando Cresca noted that the deli sits atop a steep hill that makes it difficult to see approaching vehicles.

"People would've gone in and out, and you can't see too far ahead there," he said. "I'm sure there would've been an accident there."

For Charles Wilson, who lives across from the deli, an accident could spell trouble for his house.

"An accident would end up in my front yard," he said. "I just hope that I won't be there."

In 1991, the board forced Poplar Springs Inn to give up its license after a 19-year-old patron seen drinking at the bar died in an automobile accident the same day.

Bloom did not respond to a request for an interview.

Pub Date: 10/16/98

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