A longtime fixture in downtown Arbutus, Center Court, located at 5507 Selma Ave., will soon be under new ownership.
Shirley McCumbie, who bought the Arbutus bar and package goods store with her late husband, Jim McCumbie, in 1987 and now runs it with her daughter, Christine Bageant, is in the process of selling it to a new owner, Christopher Yi.
A transfer of the liquor license from McCumbie and Bageant to Yi, trading as Elite Center LLC, was approved at a Liquor Board hearing held Aug. 25 in Towson, according to Baltimore County records.
McCumbie said a tentative settlement date has been set for Oct. 17.
"Christine is a wonderful person, and she's going to be missed by the community," said Pete Kriscumas, legislative aide to County Councilman Tom Quirk, whose 1st District includes the bar.
When her husband died in 2003, her daughter helped her with the daily operations of the business.
"It's a real steady business, and I know most of the clientele that walk through the door," said McCumbie, standing behind the bar of the dimly lit, wood paneled room, decorated with Ravens paraphernalia.
"It was a little tough when the economy took a dump in 2008," McCumbie said. "A lot of our customers were laid off or had hours cut, or overtime taken away. But it's gotten to be okay now."
The bar has hosted parties for St. Patrick's Day, Christmas and Halloween; and has been a gathering place for Ravens Roost 71 of Arbutus, McCumbie said.