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Buddy’s Hearing Postponed

| April 23, 2009, 12:00 PM | 3 Comments
Iconic Buddy's Crabs & Ribs at the base of Main Street

Iconic Buddy's Crabs & Ribs at the base of Main Street

Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs Told To Come Back Later

It is beginning to seem that Buddy’s is more the subject of a witch hunt than any legal precedents.

The Arundel Muckraker is reporting that the hearing for Buddy’s liquor license renewal has been postponed until Friday, April 24, 2009 at 3:00pm.  The original meeting was apparently halted when the Board felt that Buddy’s attorney threatened them by stating that she would seek recompense for Buddy’s legal fees.  Being a quasi-judicial organization, they have the same protections as judges.

During the hearing, Chairman Charles M. Grayston asked, “What laws would you have me purposefully violate? The law says I can’t issue a 2 a.m. license today.” Why is Grayston all of a sudden leaning on the “law to make his case? He approved the license for every year of his term and no laws have been changed during his tenure. Does Grayston have a grudge to bear?  And in answer to his rhetorical question, we suggest that he violate the exact same ones he has been violating for the entire duration of his term.

It should  be noted that Ward 1 Alderman, Richard Israel who refused to substantively comment on the situation when asked, seemed to find his voice for yesterday’s hearing and spoke out against Buddy’s.

Buddy’s still needs the support of the local business community and patrons.

Please attend attend the hearing at:

3:00PM, Wednesday, April 24, 2009
City Hall
160 Duke of Gloucester Street
Annapolis, MD  21401

And if you are unable to attend, please send an email letter of support to Charles Grayston, Chairman of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board with a carbon copy to Kevin Blonder, Owner of Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs. That way nothing can get “lost” in the shuffle.

Remember that Buddy’s offers a lot to our community. They employ hundreds. They employ the mentally disadvantaged. They pay a huge tax bill every year. They are a destination and draw people to our town. They are good and long-time neighbors. They need our help!

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  1. Jesse Barron says:

    This is a game of politics and nothing else.

    Since when is it wrong for an attorney to threaten legal action? Isn’t that what they are paid to do?

    Imagine it — people showed up in support of Buddy’s. They were ready to support them yesterday. They didn’t have a chance. Now, they will have to come back in a few more days. What are the odds of some of those people showing up twice?

    They should have let the people who showed up yesterday to submit written testimony to be read as part of the record during the meeting. That, of course, would not be favorable to the liquor board.

    After all of these years their liquor license should be considered grandfathered. It should be the same for any other establishments with similar licenses that have been around for decades.

    They should just make sure that there are no mistakes with liquor licenses going forward.

    Jesse Barron’s last blog post..JetBlue Coming to BWI

  2. Eye Spy says:

    I had not thought that it could be a delay tactic to garner up more Ward 1 support. But it does make sense–Fridays are easier to get out of work earlier for a hearing at 3pm than a Wednesday.

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