Gino's Burgers and Chicken received tentative approval from the Harford County Liquor Control Board Wednesday afternoon to sell beer and wine at the restaurant, which will open in Aberdeen in the beginning of the year.
The establishment, at 1013 Beards Hill Road, is hoping to receive its license on Jan. 2, but is contingent on final approval for the state fire marshal and county health department.
The restaurant will be open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and sits on the former Harco Motors location.
The licensees are husband and wife Ronald and Cameron Ingool and Robert Beer, who will serve a the resident licensee and has lived on Eastern Avenue in Bel Air for two years.
Joseph Snee, their lawyer, told the liquor board that there will be dedicated register in the restaurant just for the sale of alcohol for customers to purchase and then take back to their tables.
Chairman Donald Hess was wary of this plan because "consumption can be a problem" when there isn't a server consistently checking on the table.
A group with underage and of-age patrons, he continued, can easily invite trouble if the underage customer is the one to consume the alcoholic beverage, even if that person wasn't the one to purchase it.
A person will be checking on tables to bus them regularly, Beer explained, which should help with that issue.
Licensees Jose Murillo and Thomas Myers received approval for a beer and wine license at the new restaurant Plaza Mexico, at 2314 Bel Air Road in Fallston.
The license, however, is contingent on receiving enough valid signatures on the application.
The location was previously a Denny's and, most recently, Fallston Diner.
Martin Dennis, attorney for the licensees, told the board the restaurant has other locations in Huntingtown, North Beach and Waldorf.
Myers, who has lived on Oakmont Road in Fallston for 29 years, will be the resident licensee.
Hess asked about the restaurant's carding practices.
"I card everybody because you have to," Murillo said.
The establishment hopes to open this Monday or Tuesday.
La Tolteca in Aberdeen will move across the street from its current location at the La Quinta Inn on W. Bel Air Avenue to 984 Hospitality Way.
Licensees David and Martin Carrillo told the board they don't plan to open until Dec. 26.
Both Havre de Grace Main Street and Knights of Columbus 9739 had one-day beer and wine licenses approved.
Havre de Grace Main Street will hold its holiday party at La Banque de Fleuve Dec. 18, and Knights of Columbus will have a dinner and dance at St. Ignatius Church Hall on Jan. 19.