Liquor board fines TD Lounge owner $3,100 for manhandling

Here's an excerpt from a piece in today's paper by Baltimore Sun reporter Brent Jones. Note the excellent use of the word "manhandling":

The city liquor board fined the owner of TD Lounge - formerly Timothy Dean Bistro - $3,100 yesterday after one of the board's inspectors was manhandled by restaurant security during an investigation last year.

Owner Timothy Dean acknowledged during the hearing that his security guards should not have physically kept the inspector from entering his business, in the 1700 block of Eastern Ave., during an early-morning private party Nov. 15 ...

But a member of Dean's staff testified that the inspector did not immediately identify himself and appeared to be trying to avoid paying a $20 cover fee. ...

The inspector testified that he was escorted out of the front of the restaurant by three security guards, and he was not allowed to begin his investigation until Dean intervened.

"I think the fine is stiff for a first-time offender," Dean said.

(Photo of Timothy Dean Bistro by Gene Sweeney Jr./Baltimore Sun photographer)

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