Three businesses in Damascus now hold a beer and wine license
by Virginia Terhune
The Music Café in Damascus plans to begin serving wine and beer St. Patrick’s Day weekend, after being granted a liquor license Thursday.
“Thank God we finally got it,” said Randy Anderson of Damascus, who owns the café on Ridge Road with his wife Christine Anderson.
“Times they are a-changing,” said Randy Anderson about the successful campaign to overturn 80 years of no alcohol in Damascus with a referendum vote last November.
The Music Café is the third business in Damascus to receive a beer and wine license from the county’s Board of License Commissioners since the alcohol ban was lifted. The Anderson’s expect to launch wine and beer service at the cafe starting March 16 and 17, St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
New York J&P Pizza began serving in late February, and Ledo’s Pizza began serving alcohol to customers March 5.
Leaders of the pro-license campaign, the Andersons said beer and wine licenses were needed to help support local independent businesses, who were losing business from patrons who drove out of the area to order beer or wine with a meal.
The Andersons said they will offer draft and bottled beers, as well as bottles of wine and wine served from kegs. Their intent is to support local producers, including Flying Dog beer from Frederick and Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard wine from Dickerson.
“We want to buy local,” Randy Anderson said.