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Board grants 2 liquor licenses, denies store


The county liquor board awarded licenses to two restaurants but denied approval to a package goods store after public hearings Tuesday.

Licenses were granted to Smokehouse Restaurant, which is proposed on the grounds of Antrim (a Taneytown bed and breakfast), and to North China Restaurant in Cranberry Square Shopping Center, Westminster.

But the board said applicant Benny R. Kirkner failed to show a need for the liquor store he planned in Freedom Village Shopping Center, in Eldersburg.

Approval of the Smokehouse license is contingent on its owners, Richard C. and Dorothy T. Mollett, resolving a delinquent sales tax notice from the state comptroller's office. Mr. Mollett said he paid the sales tax and believes the comptroller's staff may have misplaced the receipts.

Mr. and Mrs. Mollett told the board they plan to serve lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. A typical dinner will be a five-course meal with a choice of entrees.

The restaurant will be in a converted smokehouse on the grounds of the historic bed and breakfast, which the couple has operated for four years.

Mr. Mollett said, "We're looking to fill a corporate need and also an individual need." He said corporate executives who have patronized the bed and breakfast expressed a desire for a restaurant for business entertaining.

The restaurant can seat 56. The owners plan to allow 26 seats for guests from the 13-room bed and breakfast, which Mr. Mollett said is usually full on Friday and Saturday, with "a smattering" of clients Sunday through Thursday.

The license request from North China Inn drew opposition from two Westminster residents who voiced general objections based traffic congestion and the number of restaurants with liquor licenses in the area.

"There are enough restaurants in Westminster with liquor licenses," said Nancy Albertini of Babylon Court, who identified herself as an employee of Tully's, a restaurant in nearby Cranberry Mall.

Church Street resident Edward Lapp said he opposed any additional liquor licenses in Carroll County because one of his friends was seriously injured in an auto accident in which a driver had been drinking.

North China Inn owners Xic Tong Chan and Yuen Sang Luen told the board they have restaurant experience. The third owner will be Westminster engineer Donald H. Tracy.

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