Crabhouse wins liquor license from Arundel board

April 10, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

THE LIQUOR BOARD — Despite loud opposition from residents of Galesville, the Anne Arundel County liquor board approved yesterday a liquor license for a businessman who wants to open a 200-seat crabhouse and bar on pristine Tenthouse Creek in the scenic watermen's community.

The liquor board - members of which sat through more than two hours of testimony Tuesday night and made their final decision after midnight - granted William R. Woodfield Jr. a liquor license that will prohibit off-site sales and limit operating hours.

Woodfield, a longtime Galesville resident, requested a liquor license that would have allowed on- and off-site alcohol sales. Although Woodfield applied for the license, the crabhouse will be owned and operated by Nick Bassford, a Davidsonville resident who bought the property last summer from Woodfield.

Community concerns over the proposed crabhouse forced liquor board commissioners to modify the Woodfield application, which was approved in a 2-0 vote after one commissioner recused herself amid allegations of a potential conflict of interest.

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