Liquor board OKs license for Wardroom
EASTON — The Talbot County Board of Liquor License Commissioners on Monday, Nov. 26, granted conditional approval of a new license for The Wardroom LLC.
The Wardroom, 103 N. Washington St., with a mailing address at 9 Federal St., is a proposed alcohol dispensary bistro that will be a retail wine shop offering an extensive collection of fine wine and sprits from around the world. The bistro also will serve cheese, bread and chocolates.
The conditions of the board’s approval are The Wardroom must submit a floor plan to the liquor board office by Jan. 31; that the business be fully operational by June 30; and that the principals and the applicants make a progress report to the liquor board regarding structural modifications and justification as to any expected delays by the second hearing date in March 2019. (A progress report will not be necessary if opening is assured by June 30.)
“This will give you time to get things in order,” said Talbot County Liquor Board Commissioner John Gottschalk.
“This is another piece of the puzzle that we are putting together for Federal and this whole block,” said Bluepoint Hospitality Group LLC Senior Vice President Matthew Mason. “It will compliment everything we have done on that block. Our focus there is to have a wine shop that has an unbelievable collection of wine. We would like to have a bistro connected to it with a limited menu with 14 seats.”
Mason said he would like for the shop to be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week, but hours may fluctuate. He said he is looking to hire four full-time staff and four part-time staff for the retail section. For the bistro, Mason is looking to hire two full-time and two part-time staff.
Bluepoint Hospitality also is remodeling the basement to put in a cheese cave to age cheese it can serve in the bistro.
Seventy-five percent of the space will be for the dispensary. There will be some spirits, but not a tremendous amount, and a limited selection of craft beer. The
remaining 25 percent of the space will be for the bistro.
Talbot County Board of Liquor Chairman Gary Royer said there needs to be a clear demarcation between the bistro area and wine dispensary. Royer pointed out Chapter 11 of Talbot County Code “Alcoholic Beverages,” Section H, number three where it states, “The bistro area means the area of the license dedicated to the sale of service of craft beer and wine for consumption on premisses. Bistro area includes, without limitations, seating area, service area, kitchen and food preparation areas. The bistro area
shall be specifically designated and clearly marked on premise of the consumption of craft beer and wine and food service may only be occurred in the bistro area. Nothing in this section shall preclude the license holder from placing racks of displays containing sealed packages of containers of craft beer and wine in the bistro area. Liquor and other craft beer shall not be kept or displayed in the bistro area.”
Gottschalk also recommended that staff members get some Training for Intervention Procedures as soon as possible, to avoid any issues.
“We have been looking forward to this license to become available in the county for quite sometime. It’s a very interesting concept and one that would compliment all that we are doing in the block,” said Bluepoint Hospitality Group LLC Food and Beverage Director Thaddeus Hoy. “We understand the restraints that are going to be impose with an on and off premise license, and we are dedicating and making sure we can control those very carefully.”
The next Talbot Liquor Board meeting will take place Monday, Dec. 10. For more information, visit www.talbotcountymd.gov.
From left, Bluepoint Hospitality Group Food & Beverage Director Thaddeus Hoy, Bluepoint Hospitality Group Administrative Manager Suzanne Kline, Bluepoint Hospitality Group Senior Vice President Matthew Mason and Armistead, Griswold, Lee & Rust Attorney Zach Smith discuss plans for The Wardroom at the Talbot County Liquor Board meeting on Monday, Nov. 26.