The Harford County Liquor Control Board gave Joe's Crab Shack in Abingdon final approval Wednesday for a liquor license.
The restaurant receive fire inspection approval and a verbal OK from the Health Department, according to Administrative Assistant Judith Powell, with the Health Department approval contingent on the restaurant fixing a few items.
The Liquor Control board gave Joe's Crab Shack the final approval contingent on the restaurant fixing the Health Department issues within 30 days and also gave the business permission for a invitation-only soft opening in the days leading up to a Jan. 16 public opening.
Carlo Fortunato also appeared before the board to change his license class for Enotria Restaurant in Forest Hill from Class B to a Class D tavern license, allowing him to have off sale of beer, wine and liquor. The board approved the license change.
The request was made, he said during the meeting, so he can sell bottles wine to customers in the restaurant.
Board members also agreed to hold the license for Eagles Nest in Aberdeen in "good standing," as Administrator Kathryn Thess told them the bar and grille is temporarily closed as its owners look for a new location.
Five one-day beer and wine licenses were also approved, including for a dance for Harford County 4-H Clubs, a business after-hours event for the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, a dinner and dance for the Knights of Columbus Council 6729, a ball for the Knights of Columbus Corpus Christie Council 6188, and a wine expo for the Harford Community College Foundation.