Water's Edge Events Center, which will feature a private dining club unique to the Harford County area, got conditional approval Wednesday for a new "corporate club/conference center" liquor license.
The events center is at 4687 Millennium Drive, and James B. Foulk, Nancy Foulk and Manny Martinez were given the new license by Harford's liquor control board.
Board members seemed excited by the prospect of The Bata Club, which bills itself as "a private members dining club for the Water's Edge Corporate Campus" and might be analogous to The Engineers Club in Baltimore.
Eric McLauchlin, attorney for the licensees, said the club "is the first of its type and we are pretty excited about that."
The Class H-CC (corporate club/conference center) license is issued for a banquet room, conference room or meeting room with food preparation facilities and a corporate dining room equipped to sell food and may only be used by a private club of at least 25 members who pay an annual membership fee.
The license allows the holder to keep and sell beer, wine or liquor during an event, hold multiple events in the licensed establishment simultaneously, contract to provide beer, wine and liquor at an event held off the licensed establishment if the event is in Harford County and the holder also contracts to provide food for consumption at the event, and not hold more than one self-sponsored event per year in the room.
The fee for the license is $3,000.
The liquor board approved the license contingent on approval of the first and second floors by the health department, as well as the outdoor areas on confirmation that gates or other borders have been installed.
Liquor board member Thomas Fidler suggested the gates around the club stay open so people can still use the walking trails in the area.
"It's such a beautiful view," he noted.
Bob Muhl, board of director of the Water's Edge Homeowners Association, which represents 132 homes, came to the meeting along with another resident to say they support the project and think it would "raise some values."
"We are very excited about this as a community because a lot of our families are interested in joining the club," he said.
The inaugural event is set to be held at the center Wednesday by the Chamber of Commerce's annual Harford Awards event, McLauchlin said.
Martinez said the menu for the club would be "American regional with a Chesapeake Bay emphasis."
Liquor board member Michael Thomson commended the licensees on the project.
"As a board we really appreciate the whole endeavor," he said. "This is a wonderful thing."
Crab feasts, Gino's
The board also approved a one-day license for the Joan LaCasse Brannan Crab Feast for Susan G. Komen, as well as one-day beer and wine licenses for St. Margaret School for a Fall Festival on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, the Harford County Public Library Foundation for a twilight farmers market on Oct. 5, Harford County Councilman Chad Shrodes for an annual fall fundraiser on Oct. 6, the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce for a bull and oyster roast on Oct. 11 and St. Francis de Sales Church for a bull and oyster roast on Oct. 19.
A one-day beer, wine and liquor license was also approved for a SIDS Annual Bull & Oyster Roast on Oct. 12 as a fundraiser for the Level Volunteer Fire Company.