Ocean City Today

License Commissioner Briefs 07/21/2017

By Brian Gilliland | Jul 20, 2017

(July 21, 2017) The Board of License Commissioners discussed the following topics at its monthly meeting this past Wednesday at the government center in Snow Hill:

Assateague Island Surf Shop

Assateague Island Surf Shop and Café requested and received a Class B license to offer craft and upscale beer and wine to its customers.

Owner Denny Riordon explained his customers are different from those of other area bars, and are more interested in brands beyond standard domestic fare. Riordon said his café and attached retail shop both conform to this model in keeping with the kind of customers he attracts.

“It’s mostly families with young kids or older folks coming through,” he said.

Riordon said that although his business has an outside area, he has no desire to allow customers who purchase drinks to consume them outside and would take precautions, including posting signs and training employees, to prohibit that behavior.

The board approved his request.

Buddy’s Crabs and Ribs

With his third season underway, Buddy’s Crabs and Ribs owner Joe Sinkaus wanted to expand his live entertainment options, add outdoor events and a couple of pinball machines, but didn’t get everything he asked for.

Residents from neighboring condos, some just 25 feet away from the restaurant, were concerned about moving from a three-piece band to five pieces, though the music would have remained unamplified. Sinkhaus also wanted to offer a DJ for the increasing number of events he hosts, like weddings, but both requests were denied by the board.

Sinkhaus did get his video games and the remaining conditions on the license — left over from the previous owners Bahama Mama’s — were unchanged.

Board chairman Billy Esham recused himself from this proceeding, as he had a hand in developing some of the condominiums in question, though he retained no units in those buildings.

Fat Daddy’s/Big Mama’s

Making the transformation of Fat Daddy’s uptown location at 8201 Coastal Highway to Big Mama’s, the liquor license was transferred from the former owners to the new owners, Richard and Laura “Big Mama” Mathabel, William Esham III and Brian Daugherty.

All parties agreed that the restaurant layout and operations are essentially unchanged from what had come before, and so the transfer was made without much discussion.

License Commissioner Chairman Billy Esham recused himself from this hearing, as his son is financially involved with Big Mama’s.

OC Brewing Company

As the former resident agent for OC Brewing Company moved to Florida, a new party responsible for infractions or unpaid taxes needed to be identified. Karan Bealla will now fill that role.

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