Alcohol board fines 3 Howard businesses

Ram's Head Tavern is ordered to pay $1,200

August 08, 2002|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

The Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board has fined the owner of a Savage Mill restaurant $1,200 -- one of three county liquor outlets punished this month for rule violations.

The board found Kyle Muehlhauser, licensee of Ram's Head Tavern, guilty of three offenses during a police detective's visit Dec. 14: serving alcohol to underage patrons, allowing people to leave the premises with drinks and failing to have an alcohol-certified employee on duty.

Muehlhauser told the board at a hearing May 21 that he fired the waitress and doorman on duty that night, hired extra doormen and increased salaries for those positions to attract higher-quality employees. He also will require all of his employees to be alcohol-certified within 30 days of hiring.

The board imposed an $800 fine for serving 18- and 19-year-old women, $200 for allowing two people to leave with drinks in hand and $200 for not having a properly trained supervisor on duty.

In another case, a $1,000 fine was imposed on owners of the Blue Pointe Grille, formerly called Hunter's Lodge, in the 9400 block of Baltimore National Pike for an incident at 3:20 a.m. June 30 last year, in which county police found people drinking and playing pool after the legal 2 a.m. closing time.

Owner-operator Michael Stratigareas told the board that two women returned after closing to retrieve a purse and were in the unlocked vestibule when police were there to check. But officers said they found the women drinking and a nonemployee playing pool.

In the third case, William Harrison, owner of Kings Contrivance Liquor shop, was fined $250 after an undercover police cadet was sold a six-pack of beer Aug. 30 -- even after the store's clerk looked at the cadet's driver's license.

Harrison said he posts the birth date that determines the legal age for any person seeking to buy alcohol, but said the clerk failed to look at the notice.

"He was just going through the motions, I guess," Harrison said.

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