Party–finally—over for Club Confetti

A secured creditor sought and was denied a reconsideration of Club Confetti’s liquor license revocation last Thursday at the Baltimore Board of Liquor License Commissioners hearing.

The club, formerly of 1609 Bank St., had had its license revoked almost one year ago for disturbing the peace and a history of problems in the neighborhood.

“There is too much police involvement at this bar….Every year they are disturbing the peace. This is happening on a regular basis,” said then-chair of the Liquor Board Stephan Fogleman, when the license was revoked.

“It’s injurious to the neighborhood.”

At last week’s hearing, attorney Gary Maslin represented Adam Salazar, the secured creditor (landlord) of 1609 Bank St.

In a letter to the board, Maslin had asked the board to reverse the revocation because Salazar has a monetary interest in the license. At the hearing he said his client was in debt $360,000.

“We’re asking the board to be consistent,” Maslin said.

Maslin noted that two other liquor license revocations were recently reversed so that the license could be sold to another party. Both Voltage Nightclub and Bill’s Cafe had licenses reinstated after revocation, in order for the licensees to sell them.

Board Chair Elizabeth Smith denied Maslin’s request because the original revocation had been affirmed by Baltimore City Circuit Court. The Liquor Board, considered a lower court, is barred from re-examining the same issue.

Attorneys for Voltage had also filed an appeal with the Circuit Court, but the court never heard it. It dismissed the appeal after the licensee and his attorneys negotiated with the Liquor Board and got the liquor license reinstated, on the condition that the licensee pay a $3,000 fine, close Voltage, and move the license from the O’Donnell St./Baltimore Travel Plaza location.

by Danielle Sweeney
dsweeney@baltimoreguide.com

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