A Towson law firm is planning to file a petition challenging the Recher Theatre's bid to renew a liquor license that expires at the end of next month.
The Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday that the Law Offices of Charles E. Brooks will file the petition on behalf of residents and business owners in Towson in a bid to stop the former concert venue from becoming a nightclub.
The Recher Theatre is seeking to renew a liquor license that expires, like all Baltimore County liquor licenses, on April 30.
The law firm recently placed an advertisement in the Towson Times asking for people who oppose the plan to turn the theater into a nightclub to contact them, the Sun reported.
When the club announced its plans to close at the end of April and reopen later in the year as a nightclub featuring electronic music and DJ acts, Towson residents voiced concerns about the plan.
Even elected officials initially had differing opinions on the change.
A lawyer with the firm filing the challenge, Jean Kosloski, told the Sun that her firm opposes a nightclub and believes "that type of useage in the center of Towson is kind of a disaster waiting to happen."
Recher owner Brian Recher told the Sun the petition is "ridiculous".
"This is going to be a classy place," he told the paper. "I don't understand what the hoopla is."
One the petition is filed, the Baltimore County Liquor Board will schedule a hearing.