Ocean City Brewing Company has received conditional approval for a liquor license for its brewpub on the site of the former Joe's Crab Shack in Abingdon.
The Harford County Liquor Control Board approved the license last Wednesday for the first Western Shore location of the Ocean City-based craft brewery, bar and restaurant.
The board agreed to waive the minimum $250,000 investment requirement for the business provided its owners, the Shores family, are able show that Joe's Crab Shack, which left the building after about three years, had already spent a significant amount on the facility.
About the request for the waiver, board chairman Michael Thomson noted: "There's going to be a lot more of them."
He was supportive of the business moving forward, as were other board members.
"We want to see you guys open, obviously. It's going to be a great addition," Thomson said.
The Abingdon location will include a taphouse for beer service, a pub section for craft beer, a family-style restaurant, playground and space for live music on weekends.
Ocean City Brewing Company is one of two new restaurants getting ready to open at The Boulevard at Box Hill shopping center, anchored by Wegmans and JCPenney.
Construction is also wrapping up on Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar, which is expecting to open Nov. 16, according to a news release.
Owner Keith Asante signed a deal to open five locations of the Canada-based Boston's in Harford County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City, according to a company spokesperson.