Booze News: Distilled in Room 215

A blog about the Baltimore City Liquor Board

What happened at the Liquor Board on June 20, 2013

Written by Kristine Dunkerton

1:00 pm Docket:

Establishment address: 1609 Sulgrave Avenue

Establishment Trade name: Crepe Du Jour

Hearing time: POSTPONED

License type: D Beer & Wine (Tavern license, beer and wine may be sold from 6 am to 1 am, no Sunday sales)

Reason for hearing: Request for hardship extension

Zoning (according to Baltimore CityView): B-2-2 (Community Business District)

Neighborhood (according to Baltimore CityView): Mount Washington

Area demographics (as of 2010, from Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA)): 68% White, 23% Black, 4% Asian; 3% Hispanic ethnicity; 23% households have children under age 18; median household income: $76,574; 4% households live below the poverty line

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Establishment address: 2600 E. Monument Street

Establishment Trade name: Rumors Bar & Grill

Hearing time: POSTPONED

License type: BD7 Beer, Wine & Liquor (Tavern, alcohol may be sold for consumption on site or off premises, privilege granted from 6 am to 2 am)

Reason for hearing: Review of pending transfer

Zoning (according to Baltimore CityView): B-2-2 (Community Business District)

Neighborhood (according to Baltimore CityView): Madison-Eastend

Area demographics (as of 2010, from Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA)): 90% Black, 3% White; 4% Hispanic ethnicity; 51% households have children under age 18; median household income: $32,145, 29% households live below the poverty line

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Establishment address: 1525 Russell Street [also includes 2105 Haines Street and 1551 Warner Street, not listed on docket]

Establishment Trade name: Horseshoe Baltimore

License type: Video Lottery Facility Beer, Wine & Liquor (Beer, wine, and liquor may be sold on video lottery facility premises and on grounds controlled by the licensee, sale for off-site consumption not permitted)

Reason for hearing: Application for new license, live entertainment, and outdoor table service

Zoning (according to Baltimore CityView): B-2-3 (Community Business District)

Neighborhood (according to Baltimore CityView): Carroll-Camden Industrial Area.

Name of associated corporate entity: CBAC Gaming, LLC

Does the associated corporate entity exist and is it in good standing (according to the website of the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT))?  Yes, yes

Does at least one of the applicants reside in Baltimore City (and has resided in Baltimore for at least 2 years)?   No (the applicant lives in Woodbine, MD) [Baltimore City residency is not required by state law for this type of license]

Does at least one of the applicants own property in Baltimore City?  No [not required by state law for this type of license]

Applicants’ criminal record:  None

Does the application contain 3 signatures from Baltimore City property owners who are registered to vote and who have known the applicant(s) for at least 2 years?  No.  The application does not contain any signatures that meet the state statutory requirement.  Two of the signatories are attorneys for the applicant and one is an employee of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, the law firm representing the applicant.  The attorneys indicate on the application that they have only known the applicant for 4 months (though in signing, they certified that they have “been acquainted with the applicant for a period of more than two years”).  The third signatory does not own property in Baltimore City and indicates that she has “just met” the applicant.  The signatories also certified that “the applicant…has been a taxpayer or resident of the City of Baltimore for more than two years, and a resident of the State of Maryland for two years and a registered voter of the State” (a provision required for most license types, but not this one), though public records indicate that this statement is false.

Attorney for licensee: Stanley Fine, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg

Notes:  According to the application, the primary stockholder (88.6%) in the LLC associated with the application is CR Baltimore Holdings, LLC, based in Las Vegas, NV.  CVPR Gaming Holdings, LLC, based in Towson, MD, holds a 4% interest; Stron-MD Limited Partnership, based in Aurora, Ontario, Canada, holds a 4.8% interest, and PRT Two, LLC, based in Baltimore, holds a 2.6% interest.

The following individuals and organizations submitted letters in support of the liquor license application: Pigtown Main Street, Inc., Tom Noonan (President & CEO of Visit Baltimore).

The following individuals, organizations, and businesses submitted letters in support of the project’s April 30, 2013 zoning appeal: Carroll Camden Industrial Business Association, Federal Hill Neighborhood Association, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, South Baltimore Neighborhood Association, Royal Farms, Baywood Hotels, and property owners of 5 properties close to the project

According to the application, live entertainment will consist of bands and disc jockeys

Result of hearing: New license, live entertainment, and outdoor table service granted

Issues raised in the audit present in this case: Finding 3 of the Audit states that “BLLC [the Liquor Board] lacked documentation that certain State law and BLLC licensing requirements were met.”  In 11 out of 30 applications the auditors tested, the applications were not completely filled out.  In this case, the three requisite citizen signatures do not meet the requirements of Md Code Art. 2B § 10-104(d). 

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Establishment address: 1236 Light Street

Establishment Trade name: Brewer’s Cask

Reason for hearing: Request for live entertainment

Zoning (according to Baltimore CityView): B-2-3 (Community Business District)

Neighborhood (according to Baltimore CityView): Federal Hill

Area demographics (as of 2010, from Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA)): 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 the poverty line

Name of associated corporate entity: Singh & Stevens, LLC

Does the associated corporate entity exist and is it in good standing (according to the website of the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT))?  Yes, yes

Result of hearing: Live entertainment granted, subject to Memorandum of Understanding with South Baltimore Neighborhood Association

Issues raised in the audit present in this case: N/A

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