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May 19, 2010

Club 410: messy messy messy

It's hard to keep a bad bar down.

Remember Club 410? The liquor board yanked its license and city police padlocked its front door after all kinds of crazy stuff went down. But that didn't stop Club 410 from throwing a big party this past weekend. They even hired security guards with loaded weapons and police vests. In your face, Baltimore! ...

The dude who threw the party at the club argued that since they had a cover charge at the party, it was legal. Nuh uh, said liquor board chairman Stephan Fogleman. Dig this, from Peter Hermann's Crime blog:

Fogleman told me this morning that he researched the issue and it is illegal for any alcohol to be served when a cover is being charged. He told me authorities do not have to prove that the cover was for alcohol -- the mere fact there was a charge to get inside means the club owner violated the liquor board rules.

I wonder what the liquor board/cops are going to do now? Padlock it again? Revoke the liquor license? What a mess.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:16 PM | | Comments (3)


"he researched the issue and it is illegal for any alcohol to be served when a cover is being charged"

The way I'm reading this ... a lot of bars are in violation every weekend.

"he researched the issue and it is illegal for any alcohol to be served when a cover is being charged"

Not for bars, for so-called private parties.

@ DO'C ... makes way more sense.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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