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Despite opposition from nearby liquor store owners, a Charles County commissioner and his wife received a liquor license Thursday for an Italian delicatessen in White Plains.

Bobby Rucci’s Famous Italian Deli and Doughboys, slated to open in early March, will serve Italian meals and sell imported groceries and alcohol, Commissioner Bobby Rucci (D) and Diana N. Rucci told the Charles County Board of License Commissioners, which approved a license for the on- and off-site sale of beer, wine and liquor.

“It will feel like you’re kind of in the Old Country — that’s what I’m trying to create,” Bobby Rucci said.

Off-site alcohol sales will be limited to Italian “specialty” drinks like limoncello, DiSaronno liqueurs or Italian wines, Bobby Rucci said. A provision in the lease limits the business’ alcohol display to 15 percent of the total floor space.

But Bob Mills and Tony Patel, who are both involved in liquor store businesses, thought the Ruccis should direct customers their way instead of selling bottles from their deli. They asked the board to deny the application.

Liquor board member Wayne Magoon was unsympathetic, noting that there are still 20 licenses available for Waldorf and White Plains under state law.

By limiting his alcohol sales, “I think he protected a lot of folks around him, rather than hurt them. Just my take on it so far. … Frankly, it would seem to me, as liquor store owners, [you should] be happy to see some of these off-sale licenses being taken up by people who are doing this little specialty stuff,” Magoon said.

The on-site license of a different Italian restaurant — Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Waldorf — was transferred from Kenneth Russo to Eric P. Wildman. Deidre M. Barnett’s name remained on the license.

Temporary licenses issued

La Plata Volunteer Fire Department received one-day temporary licenses to sell beer, wine and liquor at Texas hold ’em fundraisers to be held 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 30 at the firehouse.

Business Alliance of Charles County received a temporary license to sell beer, wine and liquor at a mixer to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Indian Head Village Green pavilion.



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