The developers of Hammerjacks cleared a key hurdle yesterday when Baltimore’s liquor board voted 3 to 0 to approve an arena liquor license for their project at 1300-1320 Russell Street.
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The renovation of Cross Street Market may be stalled, but South Baltimore is getting a new German beer garden and restaurant.
City Could Shutter 100 Liquor Stores Because Planning Commission “Thinks” It Will Have Positive Effective on Crime
The Baltimore City Planning Commission will vote Thursday on whether to use zoning to effectively shut down 100 of the city’s 300 liquor stores. Supposedly, it’s about crime. Not that any of the stores affected are suspected of engaging in illegal activity themselves. It’s just that the planning commission sees a correlation between their presence and crime.
As we reported last week, a recent frat event hosted by Towson’s Recher Theatre got out of hand — to say the least — resulting in pepper spray, police dogs, and one shooting. As a result, the Towson venue has been called before the Baltimore County Liquor Board to determine whether it’ll lose its liquor license as a result.
I really didn’t think that Wegmans would be denied their liquor store. The audacity displayed by the grocery giant — building the inhouse liquor store before being granted a license, putting the “separate business” in the name of Christopher O’Donnell, husband of Wegmans President Colleen Wegman — led me to believe it was a done deal. But the Howard County Alcohol Beverage Hearing Board voted unanimously on Monday to deny the license.
We know Columbians are excited — even fanatical — about their new Wegmans. But is that irrational popularity enough to bend state law, zoning rules, and the Howard County General Plan to allow the grocery behemoth to sell booze?
Wegmans certainly seems confident that they’ll get a pass from the Alcohol Beverage Hearing Board — confident enough to have already built the second floor liquor store with “shelving in place and separate loading docks.”
So why should they expect to have their license request granted? Well, you see, it’s not that Wegmans wants to sell liquor themselves. No, no, of course not. They just want to rent out space on the second floor to an independently operating store, 90 percent of which happens to be owned by Christopher O’Donnell, husband of Wegmans’ President Colleen Wegman. And even he is really just “a venture capitalist.” Yeah, that’s the ticket. The real man in charge is the 10 percent owner, Ellicott City lawyer Michael Smith. He’s the one who applied for the liquor license. Everything’s totally above board per state law.