Memories Charcoal House, formerly the Beaverbrook Inn in the Mount Airy Shopping Center, will open this month serving grilled fare such as steak, chicken and shrimp, A. Reid Roberts told the Carroll County Liquor Board this week.
Board members approved a Class B Beer, Wine and Liquor license transfer from the current owners to Mr. Roberts and Diana Cavanagh, a former waitress and bartender in the restaurant, on Tuesday.
Mr. Roberts, who lives on the Frederick County side of Mount Airy, is purchasing Beaverbrook from the current owners, JPC Inc., with three other investors. Ms. Cavanagh, a 2 percent partner in the corporation, lives in Westminster and will be the resident license holder.
A self-employed insurance agent since 1971, Mr. Roberts worked as a bartender and manager at the restaurant from 1986 to 1990. He had worked at the Super Bowl Pub in Wheaton from 1982 to 1986.
"I've had eight years in the business," Mr. Roberts told the board. "My insurance business is in my home, only five miles away. If I go home to handle any of that business, I can be called and be back on the premises in minutes for any emergency."
Mr. Roberts said the restaurant will serve a hot lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., cold buffet and sandwiches from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and return to hot meals from 5 p.m. until about 10 p.m.
Investors are making $60,000 in renovations, including creating a smoking dining area, a nonsmoking dining room and a lounge in the three-room restaurant, he said.
In other liquor board actions, members approved a license transfer for Union Bridge Liquors to John and Jane Whittington of Bushey Road in Sykesville.
The couple is purchasing the store from Barbara Ann, Roger and Emma Lessner, who have operated it since December 1984.
Mr. Whittington testified that he and his wife, a registered nurse, will be the store's only employees. They intend to keep the current hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, he said.
"It's a small operation, so we'll try it that way for a while," Mr. Whittington said of running the store by himself.
The Lessners told the board they will be training the Whittingtons through March and remain on call as consultants after April 1.