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What happened at the Liquor Board on September 26, 2013

Written by Becky Witt

Applicant John Durkin, Michael Mastellone and Derek Blazer
Business Name Thames Street Baltimore, LLC
Trading As trade name pending
Address 1629 Thames Street
Type of License Class “B” Beer, Wine & Liquor License
Reason for hearing Application for a new Class “B” BWL license Under provisions of Article 2B §6-201(d)(vii), requiring $500,000 in capital investment in restaurant fixtures and facilities and a seating capacity maximum 150 people; request for outdoor table service and live entertainment
Hearing notes

This new establishment will go into the waterfront building in Fells Point which was the former home of Shucker’s Restaurant. The licensees are also owners and licensees of Bond Street Social, at 901 S. Bond St., and Mad River, at 1110 S. Charles St.

The licensees and the community jointly submitted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Fells Point Residents’ Association (FPRA) and the Fells Point Community Organization (FPCO). Joanne Masopust was present from FPCO and Daniel Atzmon was the representative from FPRA.

Inspector Karen Brooks testified that she affixed the notice sign regarding the hearing to the front door of the building on August 12, 2013, and that the sign remained posted for the statutory period.

Mr. Prevas provided documents for the Board’s review, including (1) a $623,000 capital investment appraisal (2) a menu, and (3) a proposed floor plan. The licensees testified that the new establishment will be “inspired by Mexican cuisine” but “not traditional,” and that it’s an “upscale concept.”

Chairman Fogleman checked that the character witnesses were Baltimore City property owners and registered voters. He also stated that, according to information in the file, the LLC associated with the application was in good standing as of the day before the hearing. [The BLLC has not been in the habit of checking that a corporate entity is in good standing, and past Booze News posts will show that the corporate entities are very often not in good standing.]

At this time, Ms. Masopust approached the microphone and stated that she had photographic proof that the sign giving notice to the community of the hearing was not placed on the front door as Inspector Brooks had testified; rather, according to her, the sign was placed on a side door and was not visible from the main street or the promenade.

Chairman Fogleman asked, “Is it your contention that the community has not been notified about today’s hearing?” Ms. Masopust responded that she was merely pointing out that the sign was not posted where it should have been posted. Chairman Fogleman replied, “what do you want us to do about it?” Ms. Masopust answered that she just wanted to put it on the record.

Inspector Brooks returned to the microphone to add that she had her own set of photographs to show that the sign was placed on the front door of the establishment.

Zoning B-3-2
Neighborhood Fells Point
Area demographics 70% White, 8% Black, 5% Asian; 15% Hispanic ethnicity; 11% households have children under age 18; median household income: $69,105; 11% households live below the poverty line
Does corp entity exist, in good standing? Yes; yes.
Location of entity’s principal office 1629 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
One applicant reside in Balt for 2 yrs? Yes, Mr. Blazer.
Pecuniary interest of Baltimore City resident
Attorney for licensee Mr. Peter Prevas
# in support 3
Attorney for community N/A
# of protestants 1
# of inspectors 1 – Inspector Brooks
Result of hearing Approved
Vote tally Unanimous
Portions of state law cited in decision MD Code Article 2B § 10-202(a) (“Before approving an application and issuing a license, the board shall consider: 1) The public need and desire for the license; 2) The number and location of existing licensees and the potential effect on existing licensees of the license applied for; 3) The potential commonality or uniqueness of the services and products to be offered by the applicant’s business; 4) The impact on the general health, safety, and welfare of the community, including issues relating to crime, traffic conditions, parking, or convenience; and 5) Any other necessary factors as determined by the board.”)
Other reasons given for decision None.
Issues raised in audit present in this case Chairman Fogleman, as he was speaking during the decision phase of the hearing, mentioned that he wanted the community to figure out “how to do this better next time.” It was unclear exactly what he meant, but in the context of his remarks, it seemed that he was referring to the fact that the licensees had to meet with FPCO and FPRA separately and that each community association signed a slightly different agreement with the licensees.
Licensee Michael Mekbib
Business Name None Provided
Trading As Spiritas
Address 786 Washington Boulevard
Type of License Class “A” Beer, Wine & Liquor License
Reason for hearing Violation of Rule 4.18 “No licensee shall commit or allow the commission on his premises of any act which shall be contrary to any federal, state or local statue, law or ordinance or against the public peace, safety, health, welfare, quiet or moral.” (Re: May 7, 2013 sold alcoholic beverage to Liquor Board Agent Fitzgerald without a valid liquor license)
Hearing notes

On May 7, 2013, Agent Fitzgerald purchased a bottle of Traverse Bay cherry wine from the store, paying $11.45, using a credit card. Agent Fitzgerald noticed that the liquor license was not prominently displayed inside the store, and asked the employee where it was. The employee could not produce the liquor license.

Mr. Mekbib testified that he was out of the country at the time and that he did not have the license on hand because he had not paid his real property tax yet.

Zoning B-2-3
Neighborhood Washington Village/Pigtown
Area demographics The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA) did not have demographics available for Washington Village/Pigtown.
Does corp entity exist, in good standing? Docket did not provide the name of the corporate entity.
Location of entity’s principal office Docket did not provide the name of the corporate entity.
Attorney for licensee None/unrepresented
# in support 1
# of inspectors 1, Agent Fitzgerald
Result of hearing Guilty of one 4.18 violation.
Vote tally Unanimous
Portions of state law cited in decision None.
Other reasons given for decision Chairman Fogleman noted that Mr. Mekbib “was not a negligent licensee” and that the establishment was unlicensed only for a “short period of time.”
Issues raised in audit present in this case
Licensees Ernst Valery & Mauro Daigle
Business Name Milk & Honey II, LLC
Trading As The Chesapeake
Address 1701-05 N. Charles Street
Type of License Class “B” Beer, Wine & Liquor License
Reason for hearing Violation of Rule 4.18 “No licensee shall commit or allow the commission on his premises of any act which shall be contrary to any federal, state or local statue, law or ordinance or against the public peace, safety, health, welfare, quiet or moral.” (Re: July 19, 2013, providing outdoor table service without permission from the Board) and July 19, 2013 (Re: Extending the bar outside without permission from the Board) and on July 20, 2013 (Re: providing outdoor table service without permission from the Board) and (Re: Health department violation-preparing food outside and without gloves)
Hearing notes

Mr. Kodenski said, on behalf of his client, that there was a miscommunication as to outdoor table service. The alleged violations took place during Artscape. The licensees had received approval for outdoor tables from the Board at a previous hearing, but the approval had been subject to final permits from the fire department and other city agencies. Outdoor table service has now officially been added to the license.

Mr. Kodenski and Chairman Fogleman then discussed whether the licensees had “official final permission” for outdoor table service and whether they had picked up the license.

Agent Fitzgerald testified that, on July 19, he had received a phone call complaint regarding the outdoor tables. He arrived at the restaurant, saw bartenders serving alcohol outside and patrons sitting outside, without permission on their license to have outdoor tables. Fitzgerald told the restaurant staff to remove the tables, and they did. When he came back on July 20, the tables were out again, and Fitzgerald told them to remove the tables again. On July 21, he came back once again with a health inspector, who saw a man handling watermelon outside. The health inspector who accompanied Fitzgerald told the person with the watermelon to take it inside and to remove the tables.

Mr. Kodenski then cross-examined Agent Fitzgerald as to what he saw (sales of alcohol, outdoor bar, outdoor tables) and on which days. The licensees and their bartender testified that they were not serving alcohol outside at all, though it may have looked that way, since some patrons from adjoining restaurants were sitting at Chesapeake tables. Mr. Kodenski stated that, if anything illegal happened, it was a de minimis situation, that “just having tables outside is not a violation.” Mr. Kodenski then added, “we’re not talking about Girls Gone Wild here. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

Zoning B-5-2
Neighborhood Charles North
Area demographics 53% White, 32% Black, 8% Asian, 3% 2 or more races; 4% Hispanic ethnicity; 6% households have children under age 18; median household income: $38,331; 5.5% households live below poverty line
Does corp entity exist, in good standing? Yes; yes.
Location of entity’s principal office 816 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Attorney for licensee Mr. Melvin Kodenski
# in support 3
# of inspectors 1 – Agent Fitzgerald
Result of hearing Not guilty as to all charges except for the extension of the bar.
Vote tally Unanimous.
Portions of state law cited in decision None.
Other reasons given for decision

The Board did not believe there was sufficient evidence to support a health department violation. As to the communication failure with the licensee regarding the outdoor tables, the Board found the licensees not guilty, because the restaurant was relatively new to operation. The licensees had been approved for the transfer of the license one year prior, but they were in their first month of operation. The Board found that, based on the bartender’s testimony, the Chesapeake was not serving alcohol outdoors. However, there was sufficient evidence to find that the bar was illegally extended without permission.

Issues raised in audit present in this case None.
Licensees J. W. Thompson Webb, Brice Phillips and Melissa Sellers
Business Name Phillips Seafood Baltimore, LLC
Trading As Phillips Seafood
Address 601 E. Pratt Street
Type of License Class “B” Beer, Wine & Liquor License
Reason for hearing Violation of Rule 4.18 “No licensee shall commit or allow the commission on his premises of any act which shall be contrary to any federal, state or local statue, law or ordinance or against the public peace, safety, health, welfare, quiet or moral.”(Re: May 7, 2013, selling alcoholic beverages without a valid license)
Hearing notes

Brian Fountain, the operator and manager of Phillips Seafood, testified that on May 8, Agent Fitzgerald entered the establishment and asked for the liquor license. Mr. Fountain hadn’t realized that the license was past its due date. The Phillips Seafood company does all of the licensing paperwork from the corporate address, and somehow the license was overlooked, due to a clerical error. They retrieved the license the next morning.

Zoning B-5-1
Neighborhood Inner Harbor
Area demographics 80% White, 12% Black, 4% Asian. 3% Hispanic ethnicity. 11% households have children under age 18. Median household income: $78,578. 12% households live below poverty line.
Does corp entity exist, in good standing? Yes; yes.
Location of entity’s principal office 1215 E. Fort Ave., Baltimore, MD 21230
Attorney for licensee None/unrepresented.
# in support 2
# of inspectors 1
Result of hearing Guilty of single count of violation of Rule 4.18.
Vote tally Unanimous.
Portions of state law cited in decision None.
Other reasons given for decision None.
Issues raised in audit present in this case None.
Licensee Virginia Fox
Business Name Foxventure, Corp
Trading As Tommy’s Downtown Tavern
Address 837-39 W. Cross Street
Type of License Class “BD7” Beer, Wine & Liquor License
Reason for hearing Violation of Rule 4.18 “No licensee shall commit or allow the commission on his premises of any act which shall be contrary to any federal, state or local statue, law or ordinance or against the public peace, safety, health, welfare, quiet or moral.” (Re: May 7, 2013, selling alcoholic beverages without a valid liquor license)
Hearing notes

Ms. Fox pled guilty to the charge that she did not have a valid liquor license in the store and stated that it has taken her two months to get her records straight. She did not have her workers’ compensation certificate or fee. Ms. Fox dropped off the check to the Comptroller’s office, and the person at the Comptroller’s office told the licensee that she would fax the workers’ compensation cretificate/release to the Liquor Board. Mr. Thomas Fox, the manager of the establishment, testified that the Foxes thought that they could operate, because the check was in process at the Comptroller’s office.

Chairman Fogleman noted that there was a note in the file that the corporate charter had not been in good standing the previous year. The licensee explained that the business has a new CPA to take care of those matters. However, a search of the State Department of Assessments and Taxation website showed that the entity’s charter is currently not in good standing with the state; the Board did not mention this.

Zoning R-9
Neighborhood Washington Village/Pigtown
Area demographics BNIA did not have demographics available for Washington Village/Pigtown.
Does corp entity exist, in good standing? Yes; no.
Location of entity’s principal office 2718 Bird View Rd, Westminster, MD 21157
Attorney for licensee None/unrepresented.
# in support 2
# of inspectors 1
Result of hearing Guilty of first violation of Rule 4.18.
Vote tally Unanimous.
Portions of state law cited in decision None.
Other reasons given for decision None.
Issues raised in audit present in this case None.
Licensee Jose Luna
Business Name Casa Luna Sports Bar, Inc.
Trading As Casa Luna Sports Bar
Address 500 S. Lehigh Street
Type of License Class “BD7” Beer, Wine & Liquor License
Reason for hearing Violation of Rule 4.05(a) “No licensee shall permit any person to consume alcoholic beverages on the licensed premises during hours when such sales are prohibited by law” January 12, 2013 (Re: patrons observed consuming alcoholic beverages inside of establishment after 2 a.m.) and on February 23, 2013 (Re: patrons observed consuming alcoholic beverages inside of establishment after 2 a.m.) Violation of Rule 4.18 “No licensee shall commit or allow the commission on his premises of any act which shall be contrary to any federal, state or local statue, law or ordinance or against the public peace, safety, health, welfare, quiet or moral.” (Re: serving/selling and consumption of alcoholic beverages during prohibited hours on January 12, 2013 and February 23, 2013)
Hearing notes

Mr. Sean Harvey, the licensee’s attorney, requested a postponement from the Board, stating that Mr. Luna’s wife had informed him that Mr. Luna had suffered a heart attack the day before and was in the hospital. Chairman Fogleman asked for more specific proof that Mr. Luna was incapacitated, and Mr. Harvey came back with the contact information of a nurse at a hospital who verified that the licensee was in the cardiac unit. Chairman Fogleman stated that the matter would be reset in the next two to three weeks and that the Board was not going to allow the matter to languish indefinitely.

Attorney for licensee Sean Harvey

2:00pm cases

Licensees William & Donna Matricciani & Charles Divel, III
Business Name Weidog, LLC
Trading As Playbook
Address 6700 German Hill Road
Type of License Class “BD7” Beer, Wine & Liquor License
Reason for hearing Violation of Rule 4.05(a) “No licensee shall permit any person to consume alcoholic beverages on the licensed premises during hours when such sales are prohibited by law” March 23, 2013 (Re: patrons observed consuming alcoholic beverages inside of establishment after 2 a.m.) Violation of Rule 4.18 “No licensee shall commit or allow the commission on his premises of any act which shall be contrary to any federal, state or local statue, law or ordinance or against the public peace, safety, health, welfare, quiet or moral.” (Re: serving/selling and consumption of alcoholic beverages during prohibited hours on March 23, 2013)
Hearing notes

Mr. Peter Prevas, attorney for the licensee, requested a postponement, because the manager on duty on the nights of the alleged violations had had an emergency appendectomy.

Chairman Fogleman pointed out that this was the second time in the same afternoon that a postponement had been made due to an “untimely illness.” However, the Chairman agreed to postpone the hearing for three weeks.

Attorney for licensee Mr. Peter Prevas
# in support 2
Licensee Regan Jackson & Darrell Jackson
Business Name Robjac, Inc.
Trading As Shirley’s Place
Address 3300 Lawnview Avenue
Type of License Class “BD7” Beer, Wine & Liquor License
Reason for hearing Violation of Rule 4.18 “No licensee shall commit or allow the commission on his premises of any act which shall be contrary to any federal, state or local statue, law or ordinance or against the public peace, safety, health, welfare, quiet or moral.” (Re: March 23, 2013, exit door locked while patrons were inside of establishment)
Hearing notes

Mr. Darrell Jackson, unrepresented, admitted the violation.

The BLLC agent testified that on March 3, 2013, he observed a side door that had been locked with two padlocks, and that no other exits were available to the patrons. This locked door was a public safety hazard.

Mr. Jackson explained that the workers at the establishment had locked the door too early as they were trying to close up for the night. The bar has had a problem with patrons leaving the bar with drinks in their hands, so they were trying to figure out a solution.

Commissioner Smith asked Mr. Jackson, “what are your plans to prevent drinks from going out the door?” He replied that he has installed an emergency exit alarm on the door, which will allow people to exit in case of emergency, but will keep drinks inside the bar.

Zoning R-7
Neighborhood Belair-Edison
Area demographics 10% White, 87% Black, 1% Asian; 1% Hispanic ethnicity; 41% households have children under age 18; median household income: $42,920.80; 10% households live below the poverty line
Does corp entity exist, in good standing? Yes; no.
Location of entity’s principal office 3300 Lawnview Ave., Baltimore, MD 21213
Attorney for licensee None/unrepresented
# in support 1
# of inspectors 1
Result of hearing Guilty of one violation of Rule 4.18
Vote tally Unanimous
Portions of state law cited in decision None
Other reasons given for decision None
Issues raised in audit present in this case None
Licensee Luis George
Business Name Two Luey’s Cantina II, LLC
Trading As Punto G Restaurant Bar and Lounge
Address 123 N. Clinton Street
Type of License Class “BD7” Beer, Wine & Liquor License
Reason for hearing Violation of Rule 4.18 “No licensee shall commit or allow the commission on his premises of any act which shall be contrary to any federal, state or local statue, law or ordinance or against the public peace, safety, health, welfare, quiet or moral.” (Re: February 24, 2013, patrons dancing and DJ using microphone-providing live entertainment without permission from the Board)
Hearing notes

Mr. Kodenski made a motion to dismiss the charges based on vagueness, lack of specificity, and the staleness of the charges (going back to February 2013). The Board denied the motion.

Baltimore City Police Lieutenant Colburn testified that he entered the establishment (which has no permission from the Liquor Board to conduct live entertainment) and saw approximately twelve people dancing in pairs as couples and a DJ speaking into a microphone in Spanish. The lieutenant had made the restrictions on the license clear to the licensee during a visit to the establishment earlier in the month.

Mr. Kodenski then cross-examined Lieutenant Colburn, asking him if he understood what the DJ was saying in Spanish. Colburn did not. Kodenski then asked if the DJ could have been bringing a problem to everyone’s attention? Colburn replied that “the building did not evacuate.” Kodenski asked if there were any signs in the establishment that say that dancing is not permitted. Colburn said no. Finally, Kodenski asked whether Colburn knew whether the dancing was spontaneous; perhaps there was a celebration or birthday party that inspired patrons to dance? Colburn replied that he didn’t see any balloons on February 24.

The licensee testified that “he doesn’t encourage dancing, but he can’t stop people from dancing.”

Commissioner Jones asked, “why was the microphone there?”

The licensee then testified that the person who Lieutenant Colburn thought was a DJ was actually just a patron who was alerting the other patrons that there was glass from a broken bottle on the floor.

Mr. Kodenski added, in closing, apparently in reference to Hispanic people, that “they’re a lively people. When they hear music, they want to get up. It’s not ‘Dancing with the Stars.'”

Zoning R-8
Neighborhood Patterson Park
Area demographics BNIA did not have demographics available for Patterson Park.
Does corp entity exist, in good standing? Yes; yes. But misspelled in the docket. Correct spelling: “Two Loueys Cantina II, LLC.”
Location of entity’s principal office 205 E. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21202
Attorney for licensee Mr. Melvin Kodenski
# in support 1
# of inspectors 0
Result of hearing Guilty of one violation of Rule 4.18.
Vote tally Unanimous
Portions of state law cited in decision None
Other reasons given for decision Chairman Fogleman added, referring to the testimony that the apparent DJ was really just a conscientious bar patron concerned about broken glass, “That was pretty bad. I’ve heard some pretty bad explanations, and that was one of the worst.”
Issues raised in audit present in this case None
Licensee Nicolaos Trintis
Business Name Not provided in docket
Trading As Bill’s Café
Address 6701-05 Holabird Avenue
Type of License Class “BD7” Beer, Wine & Liquor
Reason for hearing Violation of Rule 3.03(c) “Licensee shall keep on their premises records containing the legal names, aliases, addresses, ages and Social Security numbers of all persons employed by them. Such records shall be open for inspection at all times by duly authorized representative of the Board, the Police Department of Baltimore City, and other governmental agencies.” February 15, 2013 (Re: employee roster did not display the names of people who were identified as the DJ and a Bartender) Violation of Rule 4.16 “No licensee shall allow his premises to be used for the purpose of possession, transfer or use of any narcotic drug.” (Re: February 15, 2013, observed drug transactions on premises, marijuana found in jacket in DJ area of establishment) Violation of Rule 4.18 “No licensee shall commit or allow the commission on his premises of any act which shall be contrary to any federal, state or local statue, law or ordinance or against the public peace, safety, health, welfare, quiet or morals.” (Re: February 15, 2013, live music playing in establishment-providing live entertainment without permission from the Board, drug transactions taking place in establishment, marijuana found in a jacket in the DJ area of the establishment)
Hearing notes

Mr. Trintis was unrepresented at the hearing. He admitted that he did not have complete employee records and that he allowed prohibited live entertainment. He denied all of the drug-related violations, stating that he had no idea that the employees were trafficking drugs out of the bar.

Police testified that there had been numerous transactions in and out of the side door entrance to the bar. Police found around twenty $20 vials of crack cocaine, a “very little loose rock cocaine,” a “little bit of heroin,” and a bag of marijuana in the DJ booth. The state’s attorney dropped the cases against the DJs because there was not enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the drugs belonged to the DJs.

Mr. Trintis testified that he has been a licensee since 1973 and that the area around the bar has decayed rapidly in recent years. He said that he tries to monitor what goes on in the bar and to work with the police department.

Zoning B-2-2
Neighborhood Graceland Park
Area demographics 49% White, 25% Black, 2% Asian; 20% Hispanic ethnicity; 51% households have children under age 18; median household income: $30,506.00; 21% households live below the poverty line
Does corp entity exist, in good standing? Docket did not provide the name of the corporate entity.
Location of entity’s principal office Docket did not provide the name of the corporate entity.
Attorney for licensee None/unrepresented
# in support 1
# of inspectors 0
Result of hearing

3.03(c): Guilty (admitted culpability).

4.18: Guilty.

4.16: Guilty. The drug trafficking was somewhat open and notorious. The police recovered a large quantity in terms of units of drugs being stored in the DJ booth. The Board considers this to be a pretty serious situation and believes that the licensee either knew or should have known what was going on. Given the licensee’s forty year history at the location, the Board voted 2-1 to fine the licensee $500 for the violation. (Commissioner Smith thought that the charges are serious enough to warrant the suspension of the liquor license.) The Board does require “a high level of administration,” so Chairman Fogleman suggested that it may be time for the licensee to get out of the bar business if he is unable to supervise his employees.

Vote tally Unanimous as to the Rule 3.03(c) and 4.18 violation. 2-1 as to the 4.16 violation. (Fogleman & Jones voted to fine $500; Smith voted for a temporary license suspension.)
Portions of state law cited in decision None.
Other reasons given for decision None.
Issues raised in audit present in this case None.
Licensee Seung Hwan Oh
Business Name Big Oh’s, Inc.
Trading As Clubhouse
Address 1812 W. Pratt Street
Type of License Class “BD7” Beer, Wine & Liquor License
Reason for hearing Violation of Rule 4.18 “No licensee shall commit or allow the commission on his premises of any act which shall be contrary to any federal, state or local statue, law or ordinance or against the public peace, safety, health, welfare, quiet or morals.” (Re: August 4, 2013, operating a licensed establishment without a license)
Hearing notes

Mr. Oh, the licensee, was unrepresented, and he denied the charges.

Baltimore City Police Detective Greenhill read from his report: the mother of the licensee was behind the counter and plexiglass in the store. Detective Greenhill noticed that the liquor license was not displayed inside the store, and asked the licensee’s mother where the license was. She did not speak English well, so she called someone for help in dealing with the situation. She completed two alcohol transactions without the license on the premises. Mr. Oh, the licensee, arrived at the store approximately 15 minutes later with the license. Mr. Oh told the police that he needed to take the license with him for business reasons and that no one had explained to him the rules and regulations of the Liquor Board.

Chairman Fogleman asked the licensee why he took the license with him from the wall, and Mr. Oh replied that Sam’s Club required it in order to buy cigarettes in bulk.

Zoning B-3-2
Neighborhood Carrollton Ridge
Area demographics 17% White, 76% Black, 1% Asian; 4% Hispanic ethnicity; 36% households have children under age 18; median household income: $28,513.80; 30% households live below the poverty line
Does corp entity exist, in good standing? Yes; yes
Location of entity’s principal office 1812 W Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223
Attorney for licensee None/unrepresented
# in support 1
# of inspectors 0
Result of hearing Guilty.
Vote tally Unanimous.
Portions of state law cited in decision None.
Other reasons given for decision Chairman Fogleman said to Mr. Oh that “it sounds to [him] like [Mr. Oh] had really bad luck.”
Issues raised in audit present in this case None.
Licensees Stephen Montgomery, Alexander Heidenberger & Steven Roop
Business Name Baltimore Buddies, LLC
Trading As Canton’s Portside Tavern
Address 2821 O’Donnell Street
Type of License Not provided in docket
Reason for hearing Violation of Rule 4.05(a) “No licensee shall permit any person to consume alcoholic beverages on the licensed premises during hours when such sales are prohibited by law” April 7, 2013 (Re: patrons observed drinking inside of establishment after 2 a.m.) Violation of Rule 4.18 “No licensee shall commit or allow the commission on his premises of any act which shall be contrary to any federal, state or local statue, law or ordinance or against the public peace, safety, health, welfare, quiet or morals.” April 7, 2013 (Re: selling/serving/ consumption of alcoholic beverages during prohibited hours)
Hearing notes

Licensee Mr. Roop, unrepresented, denied the violations.

Baltimore City Police Lieutenant Colburn testified that he was driving by the establishment and heard loud noises coming from the bar after 2:00am; he saw lots of people inside, drinking beer and making lots of noise.

Mr. Roop said that it wasn’t a regular occurrence and that one of the patrons was celebrating his 30th birthday. Mr. Roop testified that the bartender working at the time, who was not present at the hearing, told him that no one was drinking at 2:00am, that the patrons were just paying their tabs and leaving. Chairman Fogleman asked Lieutenant Colburn if the bartender was cooperative and polite, and Colburn said that he wasn’t, particularly.

Zoning B-2-2
Neighborhood Canton
Area demographics 86% White, 4% Black, 3% Asian; 5% Hispanic ethnicity; 9% households have children under age 18; median household income: $82,130
Does corp entity exist, in good standing? Yes; no.
Location of entity’s principal office 2821 O’Donnell Street, Baltimore, MD 21224
Attorney for licensee None/unrepresented
# in support 1
# of inspectors 0
Result of hearing Guilty on both counts.
Vote tally Unanimous.
Portions of state law cited in decision None.
Other reasons given for decision None.
Issues raised in audit present in this case None.

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