DAMASCUS, Md. - As the last dry town in Maryland, Damascus may be known for its farms and its football team, but not for its nightlife. This could change, however, as a bill passed Thursday in the House of Delegates would allow for sit-down restaurants in this town of about 15,000 to serve wine and beer.
Damascus is the only town in the state that does not allow the sale of alcohol in any way, said Sen. Karen Montgomery, D-Montgomery. House Bill 690, which will now move to the Senate, would allow the handful of restaurants in town to serve wine and beer to customers who are seated, but would not allow for the creation of bars or the sale of hard liquor.
"It's about time," said Damascus resident Cindy McKneely as she sat down for lunch at Tom and Ray's, a local restaurant. While she would prefer that alcohol be fully available in the town, she said restaurants are "better than nothing."