(May 28, 2021) The Worcester County Board of License Commissioners approved several liquor licenses for multiple new businesses on May 19 that will bring some new establishments and concepts to town.
OC Eatery is a food court concept bar and eatery that is moving into the space previously occupied by the Dough Roller on Ocean Gateway in West Ocean City. Patrons will have a variety of choices with food vendors like Tiki Taco, Mac Attack, Pizza Birra and Planet Wings already signed up.
The eatery will be staffed by servers who will facilitate alcohol sales, owner Franco Fidanza told the commissioners. Servers will seat patrons and serve them drinks, but the patrons will approach, order and receive their food from the vendors themselves.
The commissioners approved the liquor license but made it known they were concerned about the live entertainment factor and the chance that the noise could reach the highway, seeing as the owners installed garage doors onto the building.
“We don’t play heavy metal or anything like that. It’s kind of a beachy, relaxed atmosphere,” Fidanza said.
The commissioners approved the license on the condition that the eatery close its garage doors facing Ocean Gateway when live music is being played.
The BLC approved a liquor license for Mickie Meinhardt’s The Buzzed Word, a concept wine bar and bookstore combination located next to the Food Lion on 118th Street and Coastal Highway The establishment is slated for a July opening.
“There’s nothing like it in Ocean City, that’s for sure,” BLC chairman William Esham said.
The BLC approved a liquor license for a third location of the Victoria’s Crab House chain on 138th Street.
The location offers indoor and outdoor dining along the sidewalk adjacent to Coastal Highway.
“We serve other hot foods and salads, but it’s all about the crabs and the ambiance of sitting there,” said Victoria Emerson, who owns the chain with her husband, Ernie. “There are palm trees. It just makes (our customers) feel like they’re on vacation.”
Victoria’s Crab House opened its first location on 80th Street in 2016 and its second on Philadelphia Avenue in 2018.
A new Jamaican-style restaurant, Ochos Rios Jerk and Tings, received its liquor license from the BLC for its 118th Street location. The restaurant features a modest bar but is not a typical restaurant/bar. The only issue for the commissioners was a set of picnic tables outside the establishment, where patrons can not have alcoholic beverages.
“Just be careful with those picnic tables,” Esham told the owners.
Other licenses and transfers approved included Bourbon Street on the Beach on 126th Street, Super Soda in Snow Hill and Broad Street Station and Sterling Tavern, both in Berlin.