Ex-club owner gets time to transfer liquor license

Board fines Waverly bar $3,000 for failing to control its patrons

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September 04, 2005|By Lynn Anderson | Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore liquor board has given the former owner of the Bohager's club in Fells Point more time to transfer his liquor license to a different location, and fined a Waverly club owner $3,000 for failing to control rowdy patrons.

Recently, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners has stepped up enforcement of a state law that requires the termination of licenses that have been inactive for more than 180 days. It is also taking a harder look at complaints after community groups accused it of failing to take action against troublesome establishments that serve liquor.

At a liquor board hearing Thursday, Damian Bohager told board members that he had been unable to sell his license and that he had decided to transfer it to a new site in upper Fells Point, but that the new property is not ready.

Board members said they considered voiding Bohager's license because it violated the 180-day law but changed their minds when they heard about his troubles trying to sell it. They warned him that if he was unable to transfer the license by the end of October, it would expire.

Licenses in the city usually sell for between $35,000 and $75,000.

"You escaped this time by the hair of your chinny-chin-chin," said board member Edward Smith Jr. "It's a new day here at the liquor board. ... Don't come back. OK?"

Meanwhile, a number of residents from Waverly came to the meeting to complain about La Java at 3023 Greenmount Ave. They said club owner Marius Dobry had failed to control patrons who urinated in their yards, threw trash in the street and verbally abused them.

Dobry said his patrons were not responsible for the trouble. He said he had installed video cameras and patrolled the outside of his establishment himself to make sure no one misbehaved.

Board members scolded Dobry for failing to work with the community and failing to provide a security plan within 45 days of his last liquor board hearing in April last year. They also suspended Dobry's license for 90 days and told him that if he fails to pay the fine by Thursday, the suspension will be bumped up to 120 days.

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