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Pub Owner: Shellenberger Who?

Owner of Favorites Pub calls letter from the Baltimore County State's Attorney "preposterous" and "audacious."

Jeffery Evans, owner of Favorites Pub, had never heard of Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger before Tuesday afternoon.

Evans was also unaware that Shellenberger sent a letter to the Baltimore City Liquor License Board portraying his bar as something out of the movie Animal House earlier this month.

The letter, sent to liquor board Chairman Stephan Fogleman, portrayed the bar as a danger to students' health.

"First and foremost, we are concerned for the health and safety of our students. In one week, from January 31 to February 3, 2011, Towson University transported three students to local hospitals because of alcohol poisoning. All three students were transported after returning from a night of heavy drinking at Favorites Pub," Shellenberger wrote.

Evans objected to assertions that his bar, located in the 5800 block of York Road, is a problem. He said Shellenberger sending the letter to the liquor board was “preposterous” and “audacious.”

Evans argued that he hasn't been in trouble with the city liquor board. Shellenberger’s claims that the pub has served underage drinkers are unsubstantiated and false, he said.

But Shellenberger’s letter paints a completely different picture of the pub.

“… Loyola and Towson University expressed concern about the increase in the number of students cited for alcohol violations and/or transported to area hospitals due to alcohol poisoning.  Of particular concern for both institutions is an increase in the number of underage students self-reporting heavy, high-risk drinking at Favorites Pub,” Shellenberger wrote.

Samuel Daniels, the city liquor board's executive secretary, said the letter sent by Shellenberger is a "rhetorical letter" that can not be used as evidence of Favorites Pub doing anything wrong.

"I think that all we can do is to indicate that it's an establishment under investigation, and will continue to be under investigation," Daniels said.

Daniels said the liquor board has tried to catch the pub selling to minors in the past using "sting" operations, but has been unsuccessful.

Towson University officials could not be reached for comment.

Joan Flynn, assistant vice president of administration at Loyola University, backed up the portrayal of the bar in Shellenberger’s letter.

She said the university continues to see problems with Favorites Pub serving too much and serving underage students.

“We see it as a considerable and continuing problem,” Flynn said.

Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry, D-District 4, said he's aware of neighbors' and nearby universities' concerns about the bar.

Surrounding communities declined to challenge the bar’s liquor license during this year’s renewal process, Henry said.

“There was not the feeling we had the depth and breadth of evidence to take before the liquor board,” Henry said.

Buzz Killington June 09, 2011 at 12:34 AM
A couple more bones to pick. 1. It seems to this humble reader that your style of debate and discussion is highly unorganized. You string together multiple thoughts that have no coherent connection and use random, outdated articles (the WHO report is from 2006) to back up your points. The Internet, while probably the best invention of our lifetimes, is a terrible thing, because it empowers people like yourself. 2. Yes, I knew that most NFL (and MLB, NBA, and NHL) have police substations. But they are not solely there to deal with drunks. One again your, "Alcohol is the devil!" viewpoint trumps all. Also, what do NFL stadiums have to do with anything we were discussing? NOTHING! 3. When you decide to criticize my punctuation, you better make sure you are right first. http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/parentheses.html "However, if the material inside the parenthesis requires a concluding punctuation mark like an exclamation point or question mark (but not a period!), that mark is placed inside the closing mark even though another mark is outside it. This latter sort of thing is awkward, however, and best avoided if you can help it."
Buzz Beeler June 09, 2011 at 02:41 AM
You wouldn't by chance be the former Proud to be Liberal, would you? You both have similar writing styles? You attribute numerous comments to me that I never made like "Alcohol is the devil!". I never said that. As far as the WHO report from 2007, are you suggesting its validity is invalid. I don't see a link to support your thesis. There are 22 million links to this topic and I think you might be hard pressed to find one that supports the heavy consumption of alcohol. While you claim that I have no right to discuss your neighborhood, you seem to use the Dundalk word quite often. Your own quotes derail your stance as per the following comment, "do not have a large binge drinking problem (Spain, Italy), especially when compared to the US." You answered you own question. I'm not going to play tit-for-tat on grammar issues. Its embarrassing and childish.
BAMA June 09, 2011 at 03:40 AM
I hate liberals and I love beer. WP to that. Roll Tide
BAMA June 09, 2011 at 03:41 AM
also Buzz, please tell me you made that website?
Buzz Beeler June 09, 2011 at 05:18 AM
Bama, I'm not that bright or the other depending on you leaning. I keep meaning to have my tech change it. BELIEVE IT, OR NOT! He got some calls from people who wanted something similar, except for the pic that is.

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