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Here are the Baltimore bars and restaurants that have been penalized by the city for coronavirus-related violations

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several Baltimore City businesses have been fined or shut down due to overcrowding concerns or allegations that they improperly served customers indoors.

At city liquor license board hearings, restaurant owners and commissioners alike have repeatedly cited “confusion” about the city and state regulations. Many establishments have been fined between $100 and $200, but one liquor license has been revoked. The health department, meanwhile, has shut down several establishments.

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Here’s our running list:

Abbey Burger Bistro in Fells Point: Fined $100 by the city liquor board for allowing individuals to consume alcoholic beverages on-site March 18, 2020, before the governor’s executive order permitted it. The owners of the establishment said that they served beers to independent contractors who had come to the restaurant for a business meeting.

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America’s Best Wings: Closed by the city health department March 25 for repeated COVID violations. Reopened the next day.

Angie’s Seafood: Fined $200 by the city liquor board for allowing patrons to consume alcoholic beverages on-site on May 1, 2020, before the governor’s executive order permitted it. The establishment’s owner said the customers were inside waiting for carryout orders.

Banditos Bar & Kitchen: Shut down by the city health department Nov. 1 over a lack of social distancing, facial coverings not being worn by patrons and staff, and patrons standing and drinking at the bar. The bar reopened on Nov. 2, 2020, but was closed again Nov. 6 for similar violations. It reopened again Nov. 7.

Charro Negro Bar & Grill: Fined $150 by the city liquor board for allowing a patron to consume an alcoholic beverage on-site March 19, 2020, before the governor’s executive order permitted it. The establishment’s owner said the customer was inside waiting for a carryout order.

Claddagh Pub: Fined $100 by the city liquor board for being over capacity Feb. 19, 2021. At about 11:30 that night, inspectors reported finding between 200 and 250 patrons on the second floor “not seated, but standing closely together, unmasked and practicing no form of social distancing.” Given 25% capacity restrictions in place at the time, the maximum capacity of the second floor was 38 people. A representative of the business said management didn’t understand capacity restrictions were by room, and thought they could have 25% of their total capacity.

Club Seduction: Fined $100 by the city liquor board for being over 25% capacity Feb. 27. Just before midnight, inspectors reported finding about 300 people on the establishment’s second floor, noting: “many of whom were dancing, very few individuals wearing face coverings, and no social distancing being practiced, which made it difficult to move through the establishment.”

El Rincon Troncaleño: Liquor license revoked by the city liquor board Feb. 11, 2021, after a series of coronavirus-related violations during the summer and fall on eight different days. At various points, inspectors — often called to the restaurant by 311 complaints about live music — observed overcrowding, improperly distanced tables, social distancing issues and mask-wearing issues. Before the revocation, the establishment was fined close to $1,000 for coronavirus-related violations.

Euphoria Night Club: Shut down by the city health department Aug. 3, 2020, over a lack of social distancing and face coverings. Reopened Aug. 12.

Fells Point Tavern: Shut down by the city health department Aug. 22, 2020, over a lack of social distancing and face coverings. Reopened Aug. 25. The tavern, also known as Kali’s Court, was also fined $200 by the city liquor board for an incident on Aug. 15. At that time, inspectors observed a “large number of patrons at the outdoor bar area consuming alcoholic beverages without practicing social distancing.” Many patrons were standing and drinking, and the tables were not six feet apart, inspectors said.

Grand Central: Announced on Sept. 3, 2020, that it would close permanently after receiving a summons for violating a restriction against indoor dining — a nail in the coffin of sorts for the bar whose lawyer said was operating on “borrowed time” anyway because of a pending renovation. Inspectors found that 15 patrons were inside the establishment on the night of July 30, 2020, when indoor dining was prohibited in the city. The liquor board fined Grand Central $200.

Indulge Night Club: Shut down Feb. 12, 2021, by the city health department, which cited a lack of social distancing in the establishment. Reopened Feb. 19.

Jano Ethiopian Restaurant & Lounge: Shut down by the city health department Aug. 22, 2020, for allowing customers inside and operating an indoor bar after 10 p.m., the mandated closing time according to the mayor’s executive order. Reopened Sept. 1. Fined $300 by the liquor board for this incident.

Jimmy D’s Mart: Shut down by the city health department Feb. 9, 2021, over concerns that it was not enforcing the mask mandate. Reopened Feb. 11.

Kislings Tavern: Fined $200 by the city liquor board for allowing patrons to consume alcoholic beverages on-site March 18, 2020, before the governor’s executive order permitted it. The establishment’s owner said the customers were inside waiting for carryout orders.

Los Amigos Sport Bar: Fined $200 by the city liquor board for, among other things, allowing individuals to drink alcoholic beverages inside after 10 p.m. on Aug. 13, 2020, when the mayor’s executive order prohibited it.

Lust Entertainment: Closed by the city health department Feb. 26, 2021, for operating above 25% capacity, not enforcing social distancing and allowing smoking inside. Reopened March 2. Fined $200 by the city liquor board for overcrowding on July 12, 2020, when detectives say there were about 80 people on the second floor of the establishment. Given capacity restrictions, the second floor was limited to 43 people. The establishment’s owner said he was struggling to keep customers from wandering between the first and second floors of the club.

Main Street Bar & Liquors: Fined $800 by the city liquor board Oct. 20, 2020, plus $200 for an issue unrelated to COVID-19. On July 26, inspectors noticed 30 people dining inside the restaurant in violation of the mayor’s executive order, and that the restaurant was offering outdoor dining without the proper permits. On Aug. 15, inspectors returned and determined that the restaurant was still offering outdoor dining without the proper permits. Representatives of the restaurant cited confusion surrounding the permit process, stating that they had received authorization from one city agency, but not the liquor board.

Margaret’s Place: Fined $300 by the city liquor board for an incident on May 13, 2020, when liquor board inspectors reported five individuals in the bar “with open bottles of beer in front of them,” which violated the governor’s executive order at the time. The restaurant could not be reached for comment, and did not appear at a virtual hearing Sept. 3.

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My Cousin’s Place: Fined $600 by the city liquor board for incidents on Aug. 16 and Aug. 30, 2020. On both occasions, inspectors observed that the establishment was over 25% capacity, and individuals were standing and drinking alcoholic beverages.

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Noir Restaurant & Lounge: Shut down by the city health department Aug. 28, 2020, for allowing customers inside and operating an indoor bar after 10 p.m., the mandated closing time according to the mayor’s executive order. The establishment was also above 25% capacity, and not upholding social distancing, according to the health department. The establishment’s owner said customers were closing our their tickets when an inspector arrived. He had locked the door to prevent any new customers from dining inside, he said, but was unaware that the inside of the restaurant had to be vacant by 10 p.m. The city liquor board fined Noir $200 for this incident. The restaurant reopened Sept. 1. The establishment was closed again by the health department on Oct. 30 for exceeding 50% capacity, allowing customers to walk around without masks, not enforcing social distancing and allowing customers to drink while standing. It reopened Nov. 5.

Norma Jean’s Club: Shut down by the city health department March 13, 2021 for operating above 25% capacity, and not enforcing mask-wearing or social distancing rules. Reopened March 19.

O’Donnell’s Pub & Grille: Fined $100 by the city liquor board for allowing patrons to consume alcoholic beverages on-site March 25, 2020, before the governor’s executive order permitted it. The establishment’s owner said the customers were waiting for carryout orders.

Playbook Sports Bar & Lounge: Fined $300 by the city liquor board for overcrowding on its outdoor deck Aug. 5, 2020, and for hosting a DJ without a proper live entertainment license. Inspectors found that there were too many tables on the deck, which were not placed 6 feet apart, and there were more than six people at some tables.

Restaurante El Salvador: Fined $200 by the city liquor board for serving seated customers on March 17, 2020, before the governor’s executive order permitted it. The establishment’s owner did not appear at an Aug. 18 liquor board hearing to defend themself.

Select Lounge: Fined $150 by the city liquor board for hosting guests indoors Aug. 29, 2020 at about 1:15 a.m., when that was not permitted. Inspectors said they observed about 40 patrons inside, who were consuming alcoholic beverages, dancing to music played by a live DJ and smoking hookah. A representative of a business said it had rained, so patrons were moved indoors, and he cleared the establishment at the inspectors’ request.

Smiley’s Tavern: Fined $200 by the city liquor board for an incident on May 13, 2020. Liquor board inspectors reported seven individuals inside the bar, including the bartender, with open beer bottles in front of them, money on the bar and empty bottles in the trash can. The restaurant’s owner told The Sun that he and some employees were in the bar that evening making minor repairs. There were no open bottles at the bar, the owner said, the money on the counter was for a pizza that had been ordered for the group, and the empty bottles found in the trash can were from before the bar’s closure in March.

Special P’s Bar and Lounge: Fined $100 by the city liquor board after an incident on May 6, 2020. That night, a liquor board inspector observed three individuals sitting at a table inside the restaurant, along with “various open alcoholic beverage containers,” which would be in violation of the governor’s executive order. In addition, the individuals were on the bar’s second floor, which was not authorized for that use, liquor board documents read. At a hearing Sept. 24, a representative of the business said the individuals in the establishment May 6 were relatives of the owner, and they had been cleaning the restaurant that evening.

Supano’s Prime Steakhouse: Fined $100 by the city liquor board for placing outdoor tables too close together and blocking the sidewalk Aug. 22, 2020. The establishment was warned twice before it was given a violation. Representatives of the business expressed confusion about where outdoor tables were permitted.

The Charles: Shut down by the city health department Nov. 1, 2020, over a lack of social distancing, and because patrons were standing and drinking at the bar. The bar reopened Nov. 2, but was closed again on Nov. 6 for similar violations. It reopened again Nov. 7.

The Chasseur: Fined $100 by the city liquor board for allowing the consumption of alcoholic beverages on premises Dec. 18, 2020, close to 10 p.m., in violation of Mayor Brandon Scott’s executive order at the time. Management said it was holding an employees-only holiday party at the time. Liquor board inspectors said they found 18 people inside and few were wearing masks.

The Civil: Fined $100 by the city liquor board for being over 25% capacity when inspectors arrived at about 8 p.m. Nov. 30, 2020. Inspectors said the manager of the business told them he was struggling to control the crowd.

The Manor: Fined $600 by the city liquor board after an incident on May 31, 2020, when liquor board investigators observed a “highly intoxicated” individual outside of the establishment, and several more individuals inside. The liquor board’s report stated that “the bar area was covered with beer bottles, half empty drinks, and empty bottles of alcohol.” The bar’s owner said that the intoxicated individual outside had not come from The Manor, and the individuals inside were all employees helping to prepare the restaurant for its eventual reopening. No patron was served alcohol on the premises, the owner said. $500 of the imposed fine was issued because of an issue with “cooperation.” A city liquor board investigator testified that a bar manager yelled obscenities at her on the night of May 31, demanding that she leave the establishment.

The New Tea Spot: Shut down by the city health department Nov. 25, 2020, over a lack of social distancing and facial coverings. The liquor board also issued a $100 fine for this incident. Inspectors said the establishment was over 25% capacity, customers were standing and drinking alcoholic beverages and some staff members were not wearing masks.

The Twins: Fined $100 by the city liquor board for being over 25% capacity Feb. 26, 2021. At about 11 that night, inspectors observed 66 people inside when only 22 were allowed. A representative of the business, located at 4020 E. Lombard St., said that his security staff failed to adequately limit capacity.

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The Winston Lounge: Fined $100 by the city liquor board for allowing consumption of alcoholic beverages after 10 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2020, when that was not permitted.

Thunderettes Pleasure Club: Fined $100 by the city liquor board for being over 25% capacity on Feb. 20, 2021. At about 12:10 a.m., inspectors observed about 100 people inside, when only 18 were allowed. A representative of the business, located at 1322 N. Milton Ave., said that his security staff failed to adequately limit capacity.

Trio Restaurant & Lounge: Fined $100 by the city liquor board for overcrowding at outdoor tables Aug. 30, 2020 at about 12:30 a.m. Inspectors said they observed about 60 people at a dozen tables when the establishment was authorized to have 30 patrons at 10 tables.

Yemen & Gulf Restaurant: Shut down on Aug. 5, 2020, by the city health department for a lack of social distancing and face coverings on employees, for allowing indoor dining when it was restricted and for obstructing a health department employee. Reopened on Aug. 7.

The coronavirus-related case against the following establishment was dismissed by the city’s liquor board:

Aqua Bar & Grill: Case dismissed by the city liquor board March 4, 2021. On Dec. 4, 2020, inspectors said they observed about 20 patrons inside the establishment, which would be slightly over 25% capacity. After representatives of the business expressed confusion about whether or not staff were included in the tally, alleging that it was in compliance if only customers were counted, the board dismissed the charges.

Barracudas Locust Point Tavern: Case unanimously dismissed by the city liquor board March 4, 2021. On July 30, 2020, an inspector observed five patrons eating and drinking inside the restaurant, but representatives of the business said the customers had come inside to shelter from a thunderstorm.

Shipyard Pub: Case dismissed by the city liquor board Sept. 24, 2020, by a vote of 2-1. On May 1, liquor board inspectors observed four “patrons” at the side entrance of the establishment “consuming what appeared to be alcoholic beverages out of 32-ounce clear containers,” which would be in violation of the governor’s executive order. But the restaurant’s owner told the liquor board three of the individuals were off-duty employees lingering after work, and the fourth individual was picking up an employee after work.

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