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January 7, 2011

Sticky Rice gets legit, granted live entertainment license

PX00189_9.JPGSticky 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.

And Pedx hosts its "Always Dope" party there as well.

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)

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Posted by Erik Maza at 3:42 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I still miss Friends. Great DJ and one of the better jukeboxes in Bmore. The beer was a bit pricey, but it was nice to have drinks in Fells without dealing with pop-collar fratboys and annoying girls who can't put their phones down for five minutes. R.I.P

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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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