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Hagerstown To Review Liquor License Requirement

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Officials in Hagerstown are considering lowering the number of seats restaurants need to have in order to obtain a liquor license.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports restaurant owners must currently be able to seat 75 people in order to obtain a license to serve alcohol. But the Hagerstown City Council will discuss lowering the number of seats during a meeting on Aug. 13. Officials are looking at whether lowering the requirement could help smaller businesses be more competitive.

Mayor David Gysberts says 75 seats seems a little arbitrary and that 50 seats seemed more reasonable. Still, he said he believed the Board of License of Commissioners for Washington County should make the final decision.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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