Tiki Barge stays open; Lagers Pub does not
The on-again, off-again saga of Harborbiew's floating barge came to a definitive end Thursday night, or at least until neighbors of the Tiki Barge find another patron humping a potted palm tree.
At its weekly meeting, the Baltimore Liquor Board reversed an April decision to suspend the Tiki's liquor license for a month in July.
The decision comes with a $3,000 fine and an agreement from the bar to beef up security.
The news first broke on the bar's own Facebook page, where managers gleefully announced in all caps, "Come on down and celebrate with us."
In April, the liquor board ruled to suspend the bar's license, which includes nearby Tabrizi's and Sorso Cafe, because of "lax security" and misrepresentations made to the liquor board in a renewal application, chairman Stephan Fogleman said.
The board ruled then that during the last license renewal, management incorrectly suggested the bar would cater only to residents. Management also submitted a letter of support in the application from a resident group that was actually controlled by the developer, Richard Swirnow.
Because the suspension would have adversely impacted Sorso and Tabrizi's, the board took up the case again. It changed its ruling after the bar's managers agreed to a plan with neighbors that would include two security guards to escort unruly patrons out, according to Fogleman. The Tiki Barge currently employs one such security guard.
In a nod to the new detente, Tiki Barge's celebratory status update came with a caveat. "Please," it read,"remember to be respectful of our neighbors at Harborbiew." At long last, those potted plants will sleep easy.
The Canton bar has closed, reports City that Breeds, because owner Nicholle O’Malley didn't agree to a higher rent from her landlord. According to property records, 2522 Fait, Inc. is the the owner of the Lagers' building.
Lagers had been run by a new manager since January who renovated the interior and added live entertainment.
It was the second bar to close on Thursday, after the Hexagon Space announced its own shutdown on its website.