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Orient, Lemon N'Ginger, new wine bar in Forest Hill get Harford liquor licenses

BY BRYNA ZUMER, bzumer@theaegis.com

2:41 PM EDT, March 21, 2013

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A few new businesses got tentative approval Wednesday for liquor licenses from the Harford County Liquor Control Board.

One license had been for the former Eagle's Nest in Aberdeen. The license held by R&R Management will be transferred to a new location in Forest Hill with a tentative name of The Wine Seller of Harford County.

The business will be in the 1400 block of Rock Spring Road, near Giant, R&R's attorney Eric McLauchlin told the board.

The business will feature a "wine bar concept" with a "tavern-like atmosphere" and a "California-focused theme," he said.

Liquor board members questioned if this would be a packaged goods store and said they would feel more comfortable if they had a floor plan. There are other packaged good stores in the same neighborhood.

The board ultimately gave tentative approval to the license based on the assumption that the final floor plan will not have more than 25 percent of retail space.

Lemon N'Ginger, a sushi restaurant by Wegmans in the 3400 block of Merchant Boulevard in Abingdon, also got tentative approval for beer and wine.

Yan Bin Liu and Sujata Chakraborty, the two licensees, said they are hoping to open by the end of May and will have 96 seats in the space.

The approval is pending actual construction, which has yet to be completed.

LCB neighbor seeks license

Many months after opening just across from the liquor board's headquarters on North Main Street in Bel Air, proprietors of The Orient restaurant came before the board Wednesday to request a liquor license .

David Huang and Lin Zhao are the licensees for the restaurant.

Donald Hess, the outgoing chairman of the liquor board, said he had been to The Orient's restaurant in Towson and noted the license request had been anticipated for a while.

Board member Michael Thomson noted: "We have personally gotten two calls asking when we were going to give you a liquor license, but you haven't asked."

Also at the meeting, the board approved the transfer of the license of Mountain Branch Golf Pub & Grill in Joppa to Konstantinos Vasilakopoulos and Ashley D'Alesandro.

Mallet issue

A protest of The Mallet, in Fallston, was scheduled to be heard, but it was canceled after the protester could not attend.

Liquor Board Administrator Kathryn Thess explained: "This is not a commentable issue."

Hess also said the testimony would only be from one side and the board would not have a chance to cross-examine the witness. Thess had said earlier the complaint had been e-mailed to the board, but the person was not able to attend Wednesday's meeting.

Brendan Muldoon was approved as a new licensee for The Mallet.