At last, Pazo gets its live entertainment license
After more than a year of legislation and a six-month application process, Pazo has its live entertainment license.
The restaurant/lounge between Harbor East and Fells Point is one of the first to receive a new live entertainment license under the new law authored by Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake.
'It's one of the great miracles of our fair city to actually have one issued," said owner Tony Foreman. "We want to do something as simple and civilized as allow people to dance a little bit when dinner is over, just on the weekends." ...
For years after it opened, patrons of the trendy restaurant could get up and dance if they liked the house music. That stopped about two and a half years ago, when city officials threatened to shut down the restaurant if the dancing continued, Foreman said.
Pazo operates in a B-2 business district, where, until recently, live entertainment was not allowed. Technically, when Foreman's patrons got up and danced, it was considered live entertainment.
Live entertainment has been one of Rawlings-Blake's signature initiatives. She penned a bill which allowed taverns in B-2 and restaurants -- such as Pazo -- in B-1 and B-2 zones to apply for a live entertainment license with the Board of Municipal & Zoning Appeals and the Board of Liquor License Commissioners. It was passed last October.Now that it has its live entertainment license, Pazo will once again have dancing and DJs after 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Foreman said.
"We have a great music director," Foreman said. "We have great DJs. We want people to be able to enjoy the music and feel free to express themselves a little bit after dinner."
So far, the zoning board has approved five licenses, for bars, clubs and restaurants such as Back Alley Jazz, Zissimos and Portside Tavern. The latter will have live acoustic music a couple times a week, according to owner Steve Roop.
(Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)