Prince Frederick, MD – Pat Buehler has held a liquor license for the past 53 years—ever since he became old enough to consume and serve alcohol. During the July 26 meeting of the Calvert Board of License Commissioners the former county commissioner and lifetime St. Leonard resident announced a significant change impacting local stores that bear his family’s name. While Buehler will still own a share of his store—10 percent—a new name will be on the Class A license as a majority owner. Buehler has sold 90 percent Buehler’s Liquors to Geetaben Patel. The ownership will belong to St. Leonard Libations LLC, trading as Buehler’s Liquors.

A Class A license permits the “off sale” of beer, wine and liquor.
Buehler, a former county commissioner and person regarded by many as the unofficial mayor of St. Leonard, told the Liquor Board that he was raised in rooms on top of Buehler’s Market, a landmark family-run business. “I’m going to miss it terribly,” said Buehler, who indicated he would still be available to help Patel operate the store. Patel will also own and operate Buehler’s Market next to the liquor store. The new majority owner indicated no immediate changes are planned. The store will be open seven days a week.

“You have big shoes to fill,” Liquor Board Member Jack Smack told Patel. Buehler and Patel were represented at the meeting by attorney Larry Cumberland.

In other business conducted at the July 26 meeting, which was held at the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Community Center in Prince Frederick, the Liquor Board gave the okay for a change of stockholder for Outback Steakhouse in Prince Frederick. Jacqueline R. Myers is the new stockholder. Outback holds a Class B “On Sale” license for the sale of beer, wine and liquor.

The board approved Qingwu and Wei Gao’s request for a Class B license at Fujiyama in Dunkirk. The license will allow the Asian cuisine restaurant to serve saki to customers. While saki is considered a wine brewed with rice, it is classified as a spirit, and thus the change in license was needed.

The board granted J. Michael Scarborough of Running Hare Vineyard a new license, a Class D On Sale Beer, Wine and Liquor license.

The Liquor Board also had several violations by license-holders to handle. Two of the violations—by Anglers Seafood Bar and Grill, and Solomons Island Wine Tasting Room—were for operating with expired licenses. Both violations were due to the late payment of renewal fees. Chairman Robert Arscott reminded the business owners that operating without a license is a criminal violation. Both businesses had their license suspended for two days—July 30 and 31. The board also levied $1,000 fines, which were suspended providing no violations occur within a year.

Two other businesses—Three Brothers Pizza of Prince Frederick and Ranch Liquors of Lusby, were found in violation of techniques of alcohol management/training for intervention procedure (TIPs/TAMs) certification requirements. Both businesses were fined $100 with the levy suspended provided there are no additional violations for a year.

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