A Hagerstown man appeared before Washington County liquor board officials on Wednesday to apply for a liquor license to reopen the Woodpoint Bar & Grill off Salem Avenue in Hagerstown.
Brian Marquiss said during a hearing before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that he has been meeting with building, fire and health inspectors to reopen the business.
He said work still needs to be done on the ceiling, a floor in a walk-in cooler, and tiles in the bar and kitchen.
“We will have the property ready to open probably before the transfer would take place,” Marquiss said.
Robert Everhart, liquor board chairman, told Marquiss that liquor license transfers typically take 30 days to complete.
At this point, Marquiss said he plans to lease the building with the option to buy it from owner Jeff South.
“My plan is to start out small,” Marquiss said.
After the hearing, Marquiss said he plans to serve crabs and pub food.
South, who also attended the hearing, told the liquor board that he believed it would be nice to get the Woodpoint open again.
South has said that the business has been in his family since 1954.
“It’s an institution,” he said.
Even though the Woodpoint at 1437 Salem Ave. closed in April 2011, the three-member liquor board allowed South to maintain the liquor license, because he said he wanted to reopen the business, or possibly sell it if the right offer came along.
The South family said in 2011 that they decided to close because of the sluggish economy.