Howard restaurant's liquor license suspended 6 days for underage drinking

Owner of Wild Buffalo Grill also fined $500

February 14, 2011|By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun

A 16-year-old caught drinking beer in a North Laurel restaurant has cost Wild Buffalo Grill owner Maria Marek a $500 fine and a six-day license suspension on two consecutive weekends starting Friday, according to a decision by the Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Association.

Howard police Detective Mark Baxter told the board that officers found the youth drinking inside the restaurant the night of Nov. 12.

John Curtis, the manager and Marek's brother-in-law, told them a regular patron, age 26, had bought a "bucket" of five beers, and the youth took one, police said.

Curtis told the board he has stopped selling "buckets" of beers, and he has hired extra workers to help prevent such incidents. Marek, who spends most of her time working in Fort Myers, Fla., is trying to sell the restaurant at 10024 Washington Blvd., according to her lawyer, Melvin J. Kodenski.

The board's decision was dated Wednesday.

larry.carson@baltsun.com

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