The restaurant's management "fell apart" in December, he said.

The Bel Air location was taken off the restaurant's website and has been sitting dark.

Thomas Fidler noted Lukas "has been an outstanding licensee and a long-standing member of the Bel Air community."

Meanwhile, El Rodeo Restaurant, in Edgewood, was back before the board for failing to inform the members about a name change and some cosmetic changes, as well as failing to cooperate with the board by missing an appointment.


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Owner Neel Kamal was trying to revamp the restaurant after being fined $6,000 in October 2013 for a handful of alcohol-related incidents, fights, a stabbing and employees drinking on the job.

A Dec. 31, 2013, inspection showed El Rodeo had several signs altered to remove the "El" from the business name. Robbins said he was told the restaurant was changing its concept to a hotel and restaurant, and an employee asked about converting a banquet room to a liquor store.

Kamal said he had no intention of changing the trade name, but just wanted to attract more hotel guests who may be turned off by the restaurant's image.

"A lot of older people weren't coming in [with] a Mexican word there," he explained about removing the "El."

He said the name and signs have since been changed back.

Liquor board chairwoman Sandi Tunney told him: "You still have to follow the rules and regulations and everything else."

Thomson added: "You are in a heavily regulated industry. We have people coming in here all the time to tell us things we don't even need to know."

"We expect more," he said.

Kamal said a previous article in The Aegis about the violation hurt him a lot.

"They never mention good things, they only mention bad things," he said.

Thomson commended him for fixing the problems, but said: "You have to communicate with the liquor board."

Fidler also said it is worth noting that Kamal, unlike many other businesses, passed the January compliance test.

"A lot of people did not," Fidler said, to which Kamal replied: "I am serious about my business."

Japanese in HdG, American Legion kitchen

A business billing itself as the first Japanese restaurant in Havre de Grace, set to open Wednesday, was approved for a liquor license.

Robbins said Lin's Hibachi, in the 1000 block of Pulaski Highway, promises to be "quite a restaurant, very fancy."

The restaurant will have more than 160 seats, including 15 or 20 at the sushi bar, manager Chong S. Lin told the board.

Lin said he owned the nearby restaurant China Kitchen for 24 years, although he has never had a liquor license.

The American Legion Post 55 in Bel Air has failed to meet requirements for a food license, as its stove lacks a hood and is, therefore, in violation of health department guidelines.

A Legion commander noted he has been working with Post 55 on a renovation, as the building has not been touched since the 1970s.

"The place is starting to look really nice," he said.

Fidler suggested temporarily suspending the post's liquor license, which is only used occasionally when the building is rented out.

Post members said they are hoping to get help from Home Depot to pay for the hood, which could cost up to $6,000.

Fidler noted: "I do have a concern with consumption of this amount of alcohol with no food."

Also at the meeting, the board approved a one-day beer and wine license for a March 29 variety show at St. Margaret Church in Bel Air by Part Two Dance Company; a one-day beer and wine license for a Feb. 16 concert at the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum; a one-day beer and wine license for a barn dance fundraiser Feb. 7 at Deer Creek Overlook by Harford County 4-H Clubs Inc. and a Feb. 9 Winter Doldrums event at the Student Center Globe Cafe by the Harford Community College Foundation.