Board again rejects bid for deli liquor license Daisy Deli modifies its request, but loses in a unanimous vote

November 12, 1998|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Less than a month after the Howard County Board of Commissioners rejected a liquor license application from a Poplar Springs delicatessen, the panel turned down a modified request from the same restaurant.

The board voted 4-0 Tuesday night to deny the liquor license to Daisy Deli in the 17000 block of Frederick Road. Board member Mary C. Lorsung was out of town and absent for the vote. The panel made a similar decision, 5-0, Oct. 13.

Although Joyce M. Bloom, an administrator for a licensed child xTC care center in Montgomery County and owner of the Daisy Deli, had offered to make several changes, the board was unswayed, which pleased the 14 residents who attended the hearing.

"We believe it was the right decision to uphold the original decision," said Steve Swanhart, a spokesman for the community. "We felt that since there was nothing new that she was coming up with, [the board] should stick with it."

Thomas M. Meachum, a Columbia attorney representing Bloom, said his client was disappointed.

"There is nothing wrong with the proposal," Meachum said. "It's a matter of the board giving in to a few people who didn't want it."

Daisy Deli's building was a source of controversy in 1991 when 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 that day.

To convince the board that such an event would not recur, Bloom agreed to eliminate hard liquor from the license and to discard a plan to build a bar in the restaurant.

She also would change the weekend closing hours from 1 a.m. to 10 p.m., Meachum said.

"She made a great number of accommodations to satisfy the concerns of the residents and board," Meachum said. "What she was doing was very reasonable."

But Swanhart scoffed at the concessions, saying, "Her only compromises were when she had no alternatives."

Swanhart also said that Bloom threatened to convert the deli into a video arcade, but residents learned that Bloom would have to request a rezoning for such a commercial enterprise.

Pub Date: 11/12/98

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