Mountain Branch liquor licensee resigns

The liquor license at Mountain Branch Golf Club in Joppa, which has been in foreclosure, is expected to change hands, the Harford County Liquor Control Board was told Wednesday.

The board accepted the resignation of Mountain Branch resident licensee Keith Davis, effective Jan. 29, board administrator Kathryn Thess said at the board's meeting in Bel Air.

Mountain Branch has experienced ownership changes in recent years. The 268-acre public golf course at Route 152 and Singer Road was listed for sale in the past year for $3.4 million, according to the website of Marcus & Millichap, a national real estate brokerage specializing in investment properties.

Thess said a third party that bought the property never applied for a liquor license transfer with the board.

She said the board is working with attorneys to reach an amicable solution.

"They still have a valid license," she said. "The new owner submitted an application for a new license on Dec. 28."

Davis did not return a call Thursday requesting comment.

The board on Wednesday also accepted a license turned in for cancellation from Ruby Tuesday Inc., which owns the recently defunct Marlin & Ray's in Bel air. That restaurant closed Jan. 10, Thess said, and will have a show-cause hearing on charges of serving alcohol to a minor during the most recent compliance test last month, when the restaurant was still open.

The board also approved one-day beer and wine licenses for the Knights of Columbus Corpus Christie Council for a dance at Prince of Peace Church on Saturday and to Havre de Grace Main Street Inc. for an artist reception at Arts by the Bay Gallery on Feb. 1

The Southern Harford County Rotary Club was granted a one-day beer, wine and liquor license for a snow ball fundraiser at Bulle Rock on Saturday.

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