New Liquor Board May Solve Things for Baltimore Eagle

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Gov. Larry Hogan announced his intention to replace Baltimore’s entire three-member liquor board. And while that has raised concerns that the board’s recent reforms would be lost, it could help a Station North gay bar reopen sooner.

Leather bar the Baltimore Eagle closed in 2012 while its new ownership began $1 million in renovations. In April of this year, the city liquor board revoked its liquor license under what Baltimore Business Journal describes as a selectively applied 180-day rule: go inactive for more than 180 days and lose your license.

The bar’s owners are appealing that decision, and with a new liquor board hand-picked by our explicitly pro-business governor, they may get the decision reversed.

If all goes well, the Baltimore Eagle could open before the end of the year, with expanded facilities including “an entertainment venue, catering kitchen and retail store on the second floor, and a third-floor use the owners have not yet disclosed,” BBJ reports.

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