Queen Anne’s County Liquor Board
Minutes of Meeting
May 5, 2009
The Board of License Commissioners of Queen Anne’s County met on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at
9:00 A.M. in the Planning Commission Conference Room, 160 Coursevall Drive, Centreville, Maryland.
Meeting was called to order by Chairman John D. Reid. Those present were: John D. Reid, Chairman,
Maurice Dashiell, Bernard Jedrowicz, Susan Blouch, Jeffrie Zellmer, Jeff Thompson, the Board
Attorney, Steve Allen, Liquor Inspector and Sharon Walters, Clerk to the Board.
The minutes for the April 7, 2009 meeting were approved as written.
Kent Island Depot submitted an application to change the applicant’s name and to change from a
Class B Beer and Wine License to a Class A Beer and Wine License. Mr. Thompson reviewed the
application. Question 13B on the application needed to be answered, showing 15% ownership. The
application was in the name of a corporation, so all the officers need to sign the application and have their
names on the license with each having 15% ownership. Since no one was present at today’s meeting, a
motion was made by Mr. Zellmer, seconded by Mr. Dashiell to table this application until the next
meeting. All board members voted in favor.
Ms. Marilyn Wilson-Warner appeared before the Liquor Board today to submit an application for
a new Class B Beer, Wine and Liquor License on behalf of Maroma Enterprises, LLC, trading as Dirty
Bird Raw Bar at 36 Piney Narrows Road in Chester, Maryland, former location of the Gravity Lounge.
The application was reviewed by Mr. Thompson. An operating agreement is needed. A motion was made
by Mr. Dashiell, seconded by Mr. Jedrowicz to approve the application submitted and to proceed with
advertising of the same pending receipt of the operating agreement, a layout plan describing where liquor
will be sold and verification of all signatures. All board members voted in favor.
Mr. Freddy Araujo, Jr. appeared before the Liquor Board today to submit an application to transfer
a Class D Beer, Wine and Liquor License from Lynn Ricker, SQR, Corp., trading as Howard’s Tavern to
Freddy Araujo, Jr., Back 50 Inc., trade name to be decided before advertising. Mr. Thompson reviewed
the application. Minutes from the first organizational meeting are required. A motion was made by Mr.
Jedrowicz, seconded by Mrs. Blouch to approve the application submitted and proceed with advertising of
the same, pending receiving the minutes from the first organizational meeting. All board members voted
A hearing was held today regarding the issuance of a new Class A Beer and Wine License for
Sovanna, Inc., trading as the Grasonville Food Mart at 101 Drummer Drive in Grasonville. Mr. Clay
Schramm, Attorney appeared before the Liquor Board today along with Ms. Sovann Nhek. Mr. Reid
discussed with Ms. Nhek about her teenage son selling lottery tickets and about teenagers loitering around
her store. Mr. Dashiell asked Ms. Nhek why she wanted a liquor license after being in business for nearly
20 years. Mr. William Dean Griffin appeared before the Liquor Board to protest the issuance of the Beer
and Wine License to the Grasonville Food Mart. Mr. Griffin stated that it was a bad idea for the
community, the lottery tickets had been sold by her underaged son, Ms. Nhek only has one paid
employee, where he has eight paid employees who are all TIPS/TAMS certified. Mr. Griffin stated that
the impact on Winchester Liquors would be dramatic, as he only has liquor and lottery sales and
Grasonville Food Mart has gas, food sales and a laundromat.
After much discussion, the Liquor Board members addressed the following:
1) Not necessary to accommodate the public
Motion was made by Mr. Dashiell; seconded by Mr. Jedrowicz that the issuance of this
license was not necessary. Three members voted in favor; Mrs. Blouch and Mr. Zellmer
2) Applicant not fit to hold a license.
All members voted in favor that the applicant was fit.
3) False statements were made in the application.
All members voted in favor that a false statement was not made.
4) Fraud was committed in connection with the application.
All members voted in favor that fraud was not committed.
5) Operation of the business will unduly disturb the peace.
All members voted in favor that the business would not disturb the peace.
Because the majority of the Liquor Board found that the issuance of the Beer and Wine License
was not necessary to accommodate the public, the issuance of the Beer and Wine License was denied.
The application submitted by Hillside Liquors and Deli, LLC has been withdrawn and will be
resubmitted at a later date.
Steve Allen, Liquor Inspector submitted his list showing where the stops were made in April.
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned by Mr. Reid, to meet again on
Tuesday, June 2, 2009.
Sharon Walters, Clerk John D. Reid, Chairman