The Greene Turtle Is Coming To Wildewood; Two Other Liquor Licenses Heard


CALIFORNIA, Md. — Though some speculation had recently been made about what would be replacing the former Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant in the Wildewood Shopping Center, at the most recent St. Mary’s County Alcohol Beverage Board meeting, The Greene Turtle Bar and Grille was approved for their liquor license to include outdoor seating at the stand-alone building.

During a meeting last week, Greene Turtle Co-Owner Jamil Jamaldinian announced that construction is expected to begin this week on the property and could be done in the coming months.

“We are applying for a beer, wine, and liquor license for our new location of The Greene Turtle in California, Maryland,” Jamaldinian said from his Zoom square at the meeting. “We hope to be open by the end of August to serve the community.”

GT California, LLC was approved to purchase a Class B license which will include beer, wine, and liquor, and were granted 90 days to make the purchase.

In addition to this license approval, two new business licenses were heard: one that was approved, and one that was tabled.

The first hearing which was approved successfully was for the incoming Happy Seafood House in Leonardtown, which will be replacing the Bottom of the Hill Tavern. The business was approved for a Class B license to include beer, wine, and liquor.

The final hearing led to at least a four-week delay for the incoming Patuxent Fine Wines & Spirits, which is hoping to move into the shopping center of San Souci Plaza, on the opposite side of the already established HV Liquors.

While HV Liquors and Twist Wine and Spirits, both of which are nearly within eyesight from the hopeful premises, addressed concerns over competition becoming tighter with the addition of more stores, the larger concerns of the board appeared to be with how the 8,500-square-foot space will be laid out.

Some concerns brought up by board members included how the leased premises had some shared use and potential access with the neighboring grocery store.

“It’s not our job to present solutions, our job is to sit there and look at what the law is, the requirements are, and what they are proposing,” Board Member David Willenborg said. “I think that anything that we do to suggest any solutions to this could expose us to liability.“

The board determined that Patuxent Fine Wines & Spirits can address any problems with the layout by the next liquor board meeting on July 9, where it will again be assessed.

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