Beer and Wine Sales to Begin in Historically Dry Md. Town

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)– Two restaurants in Damascus, a town that has been dry since Prohibition, have applied for beer and wine licenses following a recent vote to repeal the alcohol ban.

According to Kathie Durbin, head of the Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control, the “town” is not actually incorporated. It was technically the county’s Election District 12 that voted in November to allow beer and wine at area businesses for the first time in at least 80 years, since licensing began.

The town is not bone dry, Durbin said. The local American Legion holds a “consumption only” license, which means alcohol can be kept at the organization’s facility for member consumption, and nonprofits can apply for one-day licenses if they want to serve alcohol at an event, but it is only legal to do so at the fire hall.

Both establishments that have applied for commercial licenses are pizza joints — New York J&P Pizza on Ridge Road and Ledo Pizza on Main Street.

The liquor board hearing for J&P will be held Feb. 7, and the restaurant’s license could be valid within a week of that date, Durbin said. The Ledo Pizza hearing has not yet been scheduled.


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