Two restaurants in North Laurel cited, fined for liquor license violations

November 02, 2008|By Larry Carson

Two establishments in North Laurel - a Pasta Blitz restaurant and Crickett's Fat Daddy Saloon - have been cited and fined by the county Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board for liquor license violations.

Pasta Blitz owners Rita and Luigi Palma-Esposito were fined $750 and prohibited from selling alcohol Nov. 7 and 8 at their restaurant on Montpelier Road for a series of administrative failures found in May by a county police detective. The licensees had not applied to renew their liquor license by May 1, and it had expired.

For that reason, Detective Martin Johnson posted a notice on the restaurant door April 30 ordering that no alcohol be sold. But the sign was torn down by restaurant employees, according to a statement of facts, and alcohol was being served. Also, Johnson found that the business failed to display several required licenses and tax records and was using alcohol without the required wholesale receipts. Maryland law requires retailers to buy from licensed wholesalers.

Jason Downie and Alice Lao-Downie, licensees for Crickett's Fat Daddy Saloon in the 9900 block of Washington Blvd., were barred from serving alcohol Nov. 11 and fined $700. According to the statement of facts, the detective found people drinking in the bar after hours April 13 with no certified alcohol manager on the premises. The business also lacked a series of required tax stamps and records.

Jason Downie told board members that he had been operating the business for six weeks at that point and has since hired an experienced manager, according to the board's written decision.

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