Challenge to Recher Liquor License Dismissed
The Baltimore County liquor board has dismissed a challenge to the renewal of The RecherTheatre’s liquor license by a group led by Towson attorney Charles Brooks. The board cited a rule that requires “all protestants” to appear “in person at the hearing.” Only nine of the 10 who signed a protest petition appeared at Monday’s hearing. The 10th sent a letter that was read aloud during the hearing. Brooks said that person is disabled and was not able to appear. He said he’ll appeal the ruling to the county Circuit Court.
Brian Recher, who co-owns the theater on York Road with his brother, called the appeal “kinda ridiculous.” “It’s the first time in 17 years that someone has challenged the liquor license,” he said.
Recher is in the midst of converting the concert hall to a lounge that will feature electronic music acts.
The protesters complained of loud music and fights at the theater. One woman said it had “not been good for the neighborhood.” But about 45 people showed up at the hearing to support the Rechers, said Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce.
“There was a whole room of people, of professionals supporting the Rechers,” Hafford said. “Dentists canceled appointments with their patients to be at the hearing; lawyers also canceled their appointments.”
The theater hosted its last concert at the end of March. It is to re-open as “Torrent Lounge” later this year.