Columbia Wegmans trying again for liquor license?? What's changed? @suncolumbia @HowChowBlog @PerfectPourMD pic.twitter.com/fP6m3EgMYo— Ryan (@foodtvsports) July 22, 2015
Among the many tweets and emails that I overlooked during the summer is the post above asking if the Columbia Wegmans is trying again for a liquor license.
Does anyone know?
The tweet seems to show a poster advertising a July 20 liquor board hearing for something called The Loft Wine & Spirits. I see a county Web page that mentions a hearing, saying it was for Thomas quick. I see decisions from July 21 and July 28, but nothing that mentions the Loft.
One aside, I did notice the extension that Petit Louis got so that you can now order liquor on their entire patio. I have dreams about a relaxed fall evening with a glass of wine and dessert from Le Comptoir. I also saw that Ananda has asked for a refillable container permit, which I assume means growlers. That sounds great too.
But back to the big question: Does anyone know about plans for the Loft Wine & Spirits at Wegmans? What have I missed? I just searched a bit and don't see Web mentions of the Loft Wine & Spirits. I'm agnostic on Wegmans opening a store. I love Wegmans. I buy very little alcohol, but I'm happy when I buy from a nice store with good stuff and good advice. I go out of my way to check Perfect Pour in Elkridge because I get fair treatment and good advice.
Wegmans has a huge space on the second floor. So I could see why they want to try again. If they do, I would expect a similar fight from liquor store owners who don't want a massive competitor that people would visit as part of their regular shopping. On the one hand, I don't buy the "save the children" arguments that seem to suggest liquor shouldn't mix with groceries. On the other hand, the 2012 application seemed to just flout the law by installing a straw owner.
This is part of my "While I've Been Out" series to restart the blog. Late last year, the blog got some serious competition. I'm still working out how to keep writing while I'm doing so many other new things as well. Thanks to everyone who has kept reading, emailing and commenting. Monday, I'll be back with a gyro at Hickory Ridge Grill and the brunch at Ananda that was my great "lost post"