In a series of decisions last week, the Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board refused to grant a liquor license for a proposed liquor store in the Deep Run community near Columbia, but approved one for a restaurant in Oakland Mills.
In a third decision, the board fined operators of Ellicott City's Millwood Tavern, in the 3700 block Old Columbia Pike, $300 for allowing employees to drink on the premises after closing the night of Jan. 10.
The board denied a license for a liquor store proposed for the 6500 block Old Waterloo Road off Route 108. Protesters, including competitors in the area, had complained that another liquor store in the Lark Brown shopping center isn't needed, especially since existing stores are doing poorly.
The board based its denial on findings that partner Narinder Singh Mann is not fit to hold a license because of a traffic offense, vagueness over previous addresses and because he is a tractor-trailer driver who often will be out of state.
The board granted a liquor license to Andrew Weiye Chang, owner of Lucky's China Inn in Oakland Mills Village Center, after Chang said he needed it to help his business.
The decisions are subject to appeal.