Joe's Crab Shack gets OK to continue serving alcoholic drinks; Lemon n' Ginger open

Joe's Crab Shack in Abingdon will continue to be able to serve alcoholic drinks, despite the recent departure of its residence liquor licensee.

Stuart Cotton notified the Harford County Liquor Control Board May 20 of his resignation. He was the resident licensee for the chain seafood restaurant at the Boulevard at Box Hill. Residents licensees are required to live in Harford County and spend at least 40 hours a week at the restaurant.

Corporate officials told liquor board members at their meeting in Bel Air Wednesday they are planning to have two residents licensees to replace Cotton, but it takes time for their applications to be processed by the board.

Two employees, one who has worked at the restaurant since it opened, will both become resident licensees if their applications are approved by the liquor board.

Liquor board member Michael Thomson asked the Joe's Crab Shack staff to complete the applications as soon as possible. The board then gave the restaurant temporary approval to serve alcohol without a resident licensee until the two new prospective licensees appear before the board again to be approved as permanent licensees.

The board also gave final approval was given for the liquor license for Lemon n' Ginger Asian Grille in the 3400 block of Merchant Boulevard at the Boulevard at Box Hill. Tentative approval was given March 20 to Yan Bin Liu and Sujata Chakraborty.

"We're very excited," Chakraborty said. "We're finally done with all the work and are entertaining customers now."

The restaurant had a soft opening for family and friends over the weekend and opened to the public Tuesday.

"We got a lot of very positive feedback," Chakraborty said.

In other business from Wednesday's liquor board meeting:

Timothy Stevens was added to the liquor license at American Legion Slate Ridge Post 182.

The Harford Community College Foundation was given a one-day license to host a cocktail party for the Harford Leadership Academy graduation. The cocktail hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m.

The board unanimously approved an outside event application for MacGregror's Inc. in Havre de Grace for the city's First Friday celebration tonight (Friday).

An outside event application was also approved for Steppingstone Museum's Celtic Festival June 8 and 9. Executive director Angela Yau told members of the board the Celtic Festival and Blues Festival are the only two events the museum obtains a one-day license for.

One-day beer and wine licenses were approved for Harford County Public Library Foundation for its Meet the Author event at the Abingdon library branch June 14 and for the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, the beneficiary of the proceeds from the KC & the Sunshine Band concert at the APGFCU Arena at Harford Community College June 15.

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