Freddie's site to keep liquor license, Longshots closes

Longshots, on Route 7, in Abingdon closed when the restaurant owner couldn't reach a rental agreement with the landlord.
Longshots, on Route 7, in Abingdon closed when the restaurant owner couldn't reach a rental agreement with the landlord. (BRYNA ZUMER | AEGIS STAFF, Bryna Zumer)

The site of the now-closed Freddie's in Bel Air will retain its liquor license, after the licensee came forward at the last minute April 30 to renew the license with Harford County's Liquor Control Board.

The board approved the renewal Wednesday.


Freddie's closed abruptly last week, with owners explaining that management issues led to a break-up.

The business will stay closed, board administrator Kathryn Thess said, but any new owners will have the option of serving liquor.


Longshots Sports Bar & Grill, on Route 7 in Abingdon, announced it was closing Monday, Thess said.

The owner, PJ DiCarlo, was unsuccessful in re-negotiating its lease with the landlord and sent several potential clients to the landlord in hopes they would be acceptable.

Longshots got board approval to renew and hold its license until it can find another location or work out an agreement with its landlord.

Liquor licenses were not renewed for the Clarion Hotel in Aberdeen, Magoo's Smokehouse in Fallston, Fiesta Grill in Bel Air and the McShane's location in Belcamp.

Thess said McShane's has discussed possibly moving from Belcamp to Churchville, where it already has a location, but the owners ultimately just said they did not want to renew the license.

Price's Seafood, in Havre de Grace, is on a state tax hold for the renewal of its license.

Meanwhile, 12 other businesses were cleared for renewal since the previous meeting.

Also at Wednesday's meeting, the board voted to allow Bruce Clarke, of Laurrapin Grille in Havre de Grace, to serve alcohol for the upcoming First Friday and War of 1812 event.

Clarke said wristbands have been added to the restaurant's plan of action.

Coakley's Pub was also approved for First Friday but is not doing anything specific for the War of 1812.

One-day licenses were also approved for the Aberdeen Memorial VFW Post 10028's annual Warrior Fest; Faith Communities & Civic Agencies United's Smile With Style at Rockfield Manor; and Bel Air Downtown Alliance's Girls Night Out at seven different shops.

Matthew Walker replaced Jonathan Angel as a licensee for Bonefish Grill restaurant in Bel Air.

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