Liquor board fines pool hall, tavern

November 04, 2007|By Larry Carson

An Ellicott City pool hall's owners were fined $1,000 for allowing drinking after the legal closing time, and a Jessup tavern owner got a $400 penalty for allowing an underage patron to drink.

Sue Yim, Hyon Lee and Haeng An, the licensees of the Centennial Que and Karaoke Club in the 10000 block of Baltimore National Pike, received the larger fine from the county's Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board for an incident March 17 in which five county police cars and liquor inspector Detective Martin Johnson responded to a fight on the parking lot just before closing time.

Several patrons were in the club drinking more than 15 minutes after the 2 a.m. closing time, the board concluded, and because of what the board called too few employees compared with the number of customers and the "seriousness of the offense," a $1,000 fine was required.

In the other case, which involved Wood's Bar and its licensee, Bipinchandra Patel, Johnson found a 20-year-old man drinking in the establishment in the 8800 block of Washington Blvd. on June 17. The man had a driver's license from the United Kingdom "with a photo that looked nothing like him." Michael Innerbichler, the bartender, told Johnson that he had forgotten his reading glasses, and "his vision was poor."

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