Sticky Rice gets legit, granted live entertainment license
Sticky Rice has been holding parties and music acts for some time now.
As of yesterday, it can do it legally.
The Baltimore Liquor Board granted the Fells Point restaurant a live entertainment license. (As well as outdoor table service.)
Tonight moombahton king Dave Nada will spin at what is more or less their first legit music show.
Since it opened in September, the restaurant has hosted after-dinner DJ nights. Nada himself played their opening night party.
But none of those required a live entertainment license because the DJs didn't use microphones or instruments, as the law stipulates.
Owner Joey Belcher explais that they applied for a new license to be able to host karaoke nights, which will begin January 25.
Liquor board chairman Stephan Fogleman also explains that many venues can get away with not having a license if there are no complaints - as was the case here.
But it's best to pursue one to be in the clear with the city. In order to have a live entertainment license, venues must pay $250 in city fees, as well as already carry a liquor license - which costs about $1,300 in city fees, on top of its sale price - Fogleman explained.
The Nada show, which has no cover, starts at 11 p.m. Billfold will also perform. The DJ described the party on Facebook as, "moombahton madness meets club craziness."
Way crazier: sushi won't be served past 11 p.m.
Post updated with Joey Belcher's explanation for the restaurant's license application.
Photo: Sticky Rice (Kenneth Lam/Baltimore Sun)