A number of Harford County bars, restaurants and liquor stores have yet to renew their liquor licenses by the May 1 deadline, leaving their ability to serve liquor potentially up in the air.
The Harford County Liquor Control Board saw a long list Wednesday of businesses whose licenses have not been renewed, including the Silver Spring Mining Company, Grumpy's Bar & Grill, Cork & Barrel, Ice House Liquors, the Richlin Ballroom, Chiapparelli's of Little Italy, La Tolteca, Coakley's Pub, Friendship Wine & Liquor, Longshots, Half Pints, Olive Tree restaurant, Magoo's Smokehouse and Fiesta Grill.
Many of them are because of county or state tax holds, but some are because of expired worker's compensation insurance certificates, missing paperwork or simply failure to request the renewal.
Price's Crab House had been listed as a business that had not filed to renew, but administrator Kathryn Thess said Wednesday they already applied; the license, however, is still being held on a state tax hold.
Also since Wednesday's meeting, licenses for Grumpy's, Cork & Barrel, Friendship Wine & Liquor, Olive Tree Restaurant and Steel Horse Pit Beef have been released, Judy Powell, of the liquor board office, said Thursday.
Thess noted the businesses have until April 30 to renew their licenses.
First Fridays, festivals
Two Havre de Grace businesses, MacGregor's and Rodgers House Restaurant, were approved for licenses to have special events during the city's First Fridays and War of 1812 event.
Wayne Meinschein Jr., of Rodgers House Tavern, said the restaurant wants to set up cafe seating to have food outside for both of those events.
He noted First Fridays in the past "seems like it was a pretty successful thing." This year, the business built its own wooden fence and will have its own carding system.
Board member Michael Thomson encouraged Meinschein to have seating sections that allow people to get out.
"With all the things that continue to happen around the country, keep that in mind," he said.
Inspector Charlie Robbins said the board had no problems with First Fridays last year.
Dan Lee, of MacGregor's, said his restaurant will have interlocking barricades with one entry in and out, and will be serving alcoholic beverages as well as food during First Fridays.
"It's been a very successful event for us and for the city of Havre de Grace," he said of the celebration.
Kim Karas got a one-day license for a Greek festival at Ss. Mary Magdalene & Markella Church. Karas said the event will feature Greek food, beer and wine, some liquor and music, as well as vendors indoors.
He said he expects several hundred people each day of the festival, depending on the weather.
Robbins noted attendees are shuttled to the event by buses.
A license was approved for the upcoming Kool & the Gang concert at Harford Community College, in the name of Greg Pizzuto.
He said ushers will be posted at all exit doors.
The Cal Ripken Sr., Foundation will hold its 5th Annual Softball Classic and The Greene Turtle in Aberdeen will hold a Hogs & Heroes Poker Run, both of which were approved for licenses.
Jennifer Skinner, with the ARC of Northern Chesapeake, got approval for a bike event at the Steppingstone Museum.