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The owners of the Jerry’s Subs and Pizza franchise in Damascus expect to begin serving beer and wine within the month, making Jerry’s the fifth restaurant in town to win such a license.

“We have no choice— for us to survive, we have to provide beer and wine,” said Puru Shrestha who operates the restaurant with his wife Saraswati Shrestha.

The restaurant is located at 26400 Ridge Road (MD 27) in the center of Damascus.

The county Board of License Commissioners awarded the Germantown couple, who took over the restaurant eight years ago, a beer and wine license on June 5, after a hearing in Rockville.

“After the economy went down, everybody got hit,” said Puru Shrestha.

But competition is even tougher among restaurants in the town of 15,000 people, because in November 2012, area residents voted to allow the sale of beer and wine served with food, lifting an 80-year ban on alcohol.

In 2013, the Music Cafe, New York J&P Pizza and Ledo’s Pizza were granted licenses, and in April 2014, long-time restaurant Tom & Ray’s was also granted a license.

“We couldn’t wait – all our competition had it, and we’re losing customers,” Puru Shrestha said.

Jerry’s Subs and Pizza will begin serving beer and wine once all the paperwork is complete, Puru Schrestha said.

There is no ceremony planned, and the restaurant hours will stay the same.

“We wanted to try this out, because we think it will make a difference,” said Puru Shrestha.

Jerry’s contributes a share of its sales during fundraisers for local schools and sports associations, and he said he hopes that residents will continue to spend their food dollars close to home.

“Support local businesses,” he said.

vterhune@gazette.net