by Lisa Tome
"Things are still moving slowly, but they are moving forward."
That's the opinion of Earl Bradford, Chief Inspector for the Cecil County Liquor Board, a month after the annual license renewal process.
This year, just two licenses were not reissued - Plaza Tapatio in Elkton, which closed, and Knights of Columbus in Elkton, where the property has been sold. That is a marked improved over prior years. From May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013, a dozen establishments closed and licenses were not renewed. Additional licenses were not renewed last year.
"This is encouraging," said Bradford. "It's good news for the liquor board and definitely a step in the right direction. Things have been much better this year than during the last several."
Liquor licenses are granted according to population by election district. One license is granted per 400 registered voters. Of the licenses currently available, all are north of the C&D Canal. There are none available in Cecilton and two are currently grandfathered in. Chesapeake City also has a pending license and none available. There are 10 licenses available in Elkton, five in Fair Hill, 10 in North East, four in Rising Sun, seven in Port Deposit, one in Conowingo, and nine in Calvert.
Back in 2009, Cecil had an all time high licenses issued with 160.
Carl's Kitchen, also known as the former North East Chuck House, is a new licensee. Perryville Sports Bar and Grill is also newly licensed. That is at the former Pasquale's on Broad Street.