Alcohol-rule violations bring fines, 2-day permit suspension

August 26, 2007|By Larry Carson

Owners of a popular Ellicott City bar were fined $2,000 and lost their liquor license for two days for allowing an employee to drink after hours, while a $350 fine was imposed on owners of the Woodstock Inn for improperly serving drinks outside the bar during a motorcycle event there.

Both owners agreed to a statement of facts before the county's Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board.

At La Palapa, 8307 Main St., county police Detective Martin Johnson saw a bar security guard drinking beer after the 2 a.m. closing time July 26, 2006. The manager said he allowed it, which violates a board rule. Because of prior violations, the board imposed a $2,000 fine and a two-day license suspension in a decision released Thursday.

The board also fined Anthony Braglio Jr., licensee of the Woodstock Inn, 1415 Woodstock Road, for allowing people attending an all-day, outdoor motorcycle show April, 22, to buy and drink alcohol outside the establishment without the proper board permission for such an event.

Detective Johnson said Braglio was cooperative, has since learned the rules and followed them at two later events by designating an approved drinking area, adding security and putting up signs to inform patrons of the rules.

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