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Rio Restaurant & Lounge in Laurel has closed since Dec 31, 2013 -- Details ...

At the county liquor board hearing at 7 pm Wed, Feb 5, 2014 Rio Restaurant & Lounge was scheduled for three show cause hearings (continued from Dec 4, 2013) for alleged violations cited by county liquor inspectors (see full Feb 5 Agenda for details). Before any other testimony, Rio stipulated to all the listed violations and told the board that it had closed permanently and had ceased all operations as of Dec 31, 2013, due in part to the owner's health, and his intent to sell the business. So that Rio can have more time to seek a buyer for the business, the board agreed to let Rio keep its liquor license active, but to stay closed, and to surrender the license no later than April 30, 2014.  Rio said they were already in negotiation with several potential buyers. NB:  If there is a buyer application to transfer the license, then a public hearing would be expected.

Also on Feb 5, a show cause hearing that night for Tubby's, 5701 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, MD 20707, (see below), was continued until Feb 25, when Tuby's also has a hearing to exchange liquor licenses licences with  nearby Sullivan's Steak & Beverage, 9624 Ft. Meade Road, Laurel, 20707,  (See Feb 25 Agenda)

Corrections always welcome.
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Prince George's County Board of License Commissioners

Agenda 2/5/2014

 REGULAR SESSION 

February 5, 2014 
 [Excerpt]


10. Tak Yoon, President/Secretary/Treasurer, Cornel Greene, Recording Secretary, t/a Rio Restaurant, Rio Sports Enterprise Inc., Class B, (R) Beer, Wine and Liquor, 13501 Baltimore Avenue, Laurel, MD 20707, is summoned show cause for alleged violations of Sections 10-401(g)(3)(i), 11-403, 11-517 of Article 2B of the Annotated Code of Maryland and Rules 26(A)(3), 26(B)(2), 66(B)(1) of the local rules and regulations of the Board of License Commissioners to wit: That on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at approximately 2:10 p.m., Inspector William Taylor and Susan Crossley, Liquor Inspectors for the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners was sold and served an alcoholic beverage consisting of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum; that the alcoholic beverage was furnished by an agent of the licensee.


11. Tak Yoon, President/Secretary/Treasurer, Cornel Greene, Recording Secretary, t/a Rio Restaurant, Rio Sports Enterprise Inc., Class B, (R) Beer, Wine and Liquor, 13501 Baltimore Avenue, Laurel, MD 20707, is summoned to show cause for alleged violations of Sections 6-201(r)(2)(1)(2), 6-201(r)(I)(ii)3A-F of Article 2B of the Annotated Code of Maryland and Rules 26(A)(3), 26(B)(12), 78 of the local rules and regulations of the Board of License Commissioners to wit: That on Friday, September 20, 2013, at approximately 10:45 p.m., Chief Inspector Al Fanelli along with Inspector Brian Brown of the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners observed a Mardi Gras style event; that the Mardi Gras style event was being sponsored by a promoter.


12. Tak Yoon, President/Secretary/Treasurer, Cornel Greene, Recording Secretary, t/a Rio Restaurant, Rio Sports Enterprise Inc., Class B, (R) Beer, Wine and Liquor, 13501 Baltimore Avenue, Laurel, MD 20707, is summoned to show cause for alleged violations of Sections 9-217(n) of Article 2B of the Annotated Code of Maryland and Rule 75 of the local rules and regulations of the Board of License Commissioners to wit: That on Friday, October 25, 2013, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Chief Inspector Albert J. Fanelli and Deputy Chief Cristian Mendoza observed that the licensed establishment was operating without security as specified pursuant to the issuance of a Special Entertainment Permit

9.    Kaushal Vipinbhai Patel, President, Mihir B. Patel, Secretary/Treasurer, t/a Tubby’s, Somnath Corp., Class B, (R) Beer, Wine and Liquor, 5701 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, MD 20707 is summoned to show cause for alleged violations of Sections 6-201(r)(2)(1)(2), 6-201(r)(I)(ii)3A-F of Article 2B of the Annotated Code of Maryland and Rules 26(A)(3), 26(B)(12), 37(D), 58, 59, of the local rules and regulations of the Board of License Commissioners to wit: That on Friday, August 23, 2013, at approximately 8:40 p.m., Jeffrey Brockington and Joseph Tredway of the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners observed that the licensee significantly altered the mode of operation and the format of presentation of alcoholic beverages to the public; that the licensee is selling off sale of alcoholic beverages in a manner not authorized by the Board; that the off sale shelves are not an integral part of the main bar in the main dining room facilities.