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Applebee’s in Waldorf last week dodged temporary closure for serving a beer to an underage person.
Instead of suspending the restaurant’s license, the Board of License Commissioners for Charles County fined the restaurant $250 and the waiter, who was fired for his mistake, $50. A three-day liquor license suspension was held for three years, meaning it will be imposed only if the restaurant breaks the law again during that time.
Mama Mia’s restaurant was less fortunate, and the owners are considering surrendering their license to avoid further fines. During its May 10 meeting, the liquor board imposed a $1,000 fine for serving an underage person who was working with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.
During the past three years, the restaurant was fined a total of $1,500 for two other violations, license Commissioner William B. Young said.
“Just look at the track record,” Young said.
In addition to the fine, the Waldorf pizza restaurant’s liquor license was suspended for 18 days. An 18-year-old woman who served the drink was fined $150 for her mistake. She still works for Mama Mia’s.
Restaurant co-owner Antonio Caniglia said the restaurant earns too little money from alcohol sales to make paying the fines worthwhile. He and his father, Rocco, might give up the liquor license if the restaurant could still use wines in its signature sauces, Caniglia said.
Alcohol enforcement officer Judith Harman recommended Caniglia call the Maryland comptroller’s office for clarification about the law.
“It doesn’t look good. I don’t like making mistakes, especially of this nature. It’s a reflection of my integrity,” Caniglia said.
Red Top liquor store in Faulkner was fined $50 because its owner saved liquor from a broken bottle in a refrigerator for two years. The liquor board also held a three-day license suspension in abeyance for three years. The sentence was “lenient” because of Red Top’s otherwise excellent record, board members said.
Dilpreet Singh, whose name is on the store’s license, admitted that he refilled a Jack Daniels bottle, salvaged from the store’s parking lot, with Captain Morgan’s Parrot Bay Tropical Mojito Mango Rum Cocktail after a customer broke the rum bottle. He said he did not know why he kept the liquor, since he could not sell it and does not drink.
New licenses and transfers
Two women took over the liquor license of Big Mouth Club in Waldorf, which was shuttered for 15 days and fined heavily earlier this year for liquor law violations.
Swati Patel and Katherine S. Cooper replaced John Allen Roberts and his Certified DJs LLC on the license. They also received an upgrade from an on-site sale license to one that allows them to sell for consumption on or off the premises.
In March, liquor board members castigated Roberts, who was absent from the club for months while suffering a series of heart attacks, for a series of illegalities that occurred during his illness. In addition to the license suspension, the board fined the club $2,250.
Smith wished the new owners a better experience than Roberts’.
“Good luck, ladies. I hope we don’t see you back,” she said.
Michael F. Mona Jr. replaced Donda Lynn Waite on the on- and off-site sale license of Port Tobacco Restaurant.
Snehal Ashok Kavi replaced Kamala J. Kavi, representative of the estate of Jayant J. Kavi, on the off-site sale license of Rosewick Wine and Spirits in La Plata.
Manpreet Kaur and Celeste A. Cunningham replaced Caryl Stacie Schulz and Sukhwinder Kaur on the off-site sale license of Absher Liquors in La Plata.
Hospital foundation receives temporary licenses
Civista Health Foundation received two temporary licenses, one to sell beer only from 4 to 8 p.m. June 16 at the Charles County Fairgrounds in La Plata. The second license allows the foundation to sell beer, wine and liquor at a fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 15, with a rain date of Sept. 22, outside of the Port Tobacco Courthouse.