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Bel Air restaurant owner fined $250 by Harford liquor board

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The licensee of Bel Air's newest restaurant, Main Street Oyster House, which has been open a little more than a month, was fined $250 last week by the Harford County Liquor Control Board for failing to meet with them when requested.

Main Street Oyster House's resident liquor licensee also resigned.

Owner Chris Reda, who is also a licensee, had been asked by the liquor board inspector Charlie Robbins to meet with board members during their Nov. 13 meeting, but Reda did not appear.

The board then asked him to meet with them at their most meeting on Nov. 20, but Reda said he was unavailable. At the same time, he notified the board that Pam Talley, the resident licensee at Main Street Oyster House, no longer worked there.

Liquor board laws say the board can fine licensees who do not appear before the board when requested, and the members voted 3-0 at the Nov. 20 meeting to fine Reda $250. Board members Michael Thomson and C. John Sullivan Jr. were not at the meeting.

Board member Thomas Fidler, one of the three members who was present, asked Robbins if the new restaurant was having operational issues.

"I think there's confusion as to what they want to do," Robbins said.

There have been no problems at the restaurant, said Robbins, who has been in a couple times to check on it.

The ownership has eliminated some of the door staff from when the restaurant was Dark Horse Saloon, which is a "red flag" in his opinion, Robbins said.

"So there could be problems," board member Vernon Gauss asked.

Reda's meeting with the board has been rescheduled to Dec. 4. The board is not meeting this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The liquor board also learned last week that the resident licensee of another establishment is no longer involved with the business

The board office was notified just before the meeting that Jeff Lashley is no longer with Edgewood Station, Judi Powell, interim liquor board administrator, said.

Lashley was the only resident licensee, she said, adding she will talk to the other licensee, Anthony Harris, to let him know what he has to do to get a resident licensee. He is also scheduled to meet with the board Dec. 4.

Cracking down

One of the commanders at the Jarrettsville Manor VFW Post 8672 is cracking down on unwanted customers, the liquor board members were also told at their most recent meeting.

Ed Novak of the VFW told board inspectors there have been some problems at the post, not with alcohol, but with some of the members, Robbins explained.

"He's determined to weed those people out," Robbins said. "He's going to do well."

The inspector said Novak has banned some of the problem members.

"He's very concerned about following the rules, about doing it right," Robbins said of Novak. "He's doing things I wish the restaurant licensees should be doing."

The board approved an outdoor patio at the Jarrettsville Manor VFW, which plans to build some horseshoe pits to go with the outside service.

Other business

One-day beer and licenses were issued to Friends of Barry Glassman for Nov. 21, to Ladew Topiary Gardens for Dec. 12 and to Chesapeake Cancer Alliance for Nov. 29.

The liquor license at The Deck Crab House & Bar, at 2207 Pulaski Highway in Edgewood, was upgraded to a beer, wine and liquor license.

The house of operation for Olive Tree Restaurant in Aberdeen will be changing to 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

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