The Roland Park Civic League has given its blessing to a restaurateur to sell beer and wine at S'ghetti Eddie's.
Eddie Dopkin is seeking the approval of the Baltimore City liquor board to buy a Class B license from Crepe du Jour in Mount Washington Village, which got an upgraded license, he said.
Dopkin made several concessions that put league members at ease at a league meeting Aug. 4, including promising to restrict his hours of operation at S'ghetti Eddie's, 410 W. Cold Spring Lane, to midnight, and to not have a bar there.
Restrictions would be printed on the liquor license, he said.
Beer and wine sales at the family-run eatery would account for no more than 15 percent of business, said Dopkin, who runs S'Ghetti Eddie's with his son, David, who was in the audience. They have "no desire to stay open until 2 a.m.," Eddie Dopkin said.
He stressed that there would be no package good sales and that the restaurant probably doesn't have enough space to sell draft beer, although he wants to maintain that option.
He also said Loyola University Maryland, which allows its students to use their university dining cards at the eatery, is amenable to continuing that relationship if beer and wine is sold there. Dopkin called that "a vote of confidence."
Dopkin also promised that if he ever sells S'ghetti Eddie's, he would sell the license outside the neighborhood. Some league members worried that a future owner of the S'ghetti Eddie's eatery might not honor Dopkin's concessions.
A liquor board hearing was originally scheduled for earlier this month, but Dopkin said he got a postponement, so that the Evergreen Community Association can discuss his plan. The association is expected to meet this month, he said.
Dopkin said he has reached out to community leaders in the area, including Bill Miller, president of the Roland Springs Community Association, and Cindy Leahy, president of the Keswick Improvement Association.
Dopkin also owns the nearby restaurants Miss Shirley's and Roland Park Bagel Co. He used to own Alonso's and Loco Hombre down the street and still owns the building.
Dopkin told the league he has always been true to his word about his plans for his restaurants.
"You're going to get what we agree on," he said.
Some residents in the audience said there are already three restaurants in the immediate area with liquor licenses, and questioned the need for a fourth.
But resident Al Copp said, "I want to support (Dopkin). I don't want to be negative. If Mom and Dad want to sit down (at S'ghetti Eddie's) and have a beer, why not?"