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County "Moving Forward" After Recher Decision

County spokesman calls owners of the Towson venue "good corporate citizens" two months after County Executive Kevin Kamenetz blamed them for a brawl.

Two months ago, Brian and Scott Recher were solely to blame for a highly publicized brawl outside their Towson bar and concert venue, according to county officials.

But a day after the brothers were vindicated by the liquor board, county officials say the pair are "good corporate citizens" and that they now want to "move forward."

"The Rechers are an outstanding family and they have a really outstanding record of being good corporate citizens in Towson," said Don Mohler, a spokesman for County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

"Moving forward, there's not an ounce of positive energy in regret or looking backward," Mohler said.

Two months ago, Kamenetz stood in front of the media and declared the Recher brothers responsible for a Sept. 22 brawl started by people attempting to attend an event at the Recher Theatre.

The fight resulted in seven arrests and police continue to investigate a shooting nearby that occurred at the same time.

The incident came as a surprise to many in the Towson business community because the bar and concert venue has had few problems.

But Kamenetz, in a news conference just days after the brawl, laid the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Recher brothers and all but exonerated the promoter of the party.

"I really lay the blame on one particular operator here who delegated responsibility to some third-party promoter and I've got a real problem with that because they have a liquor license and they have responsibility to maintain not only order within their premises but those who are outside their premises who are there because of the event they are promoting," Kamenetz said during a Sept. 25 news conference.

A few days later, Kamenetz softened a bit, calling the Rechers "decent owners."

In that same Sept. 27 interview, Kamenetz expressed concern that the spread of rumors and talk would damage Towson's reputation at the same time developers are building the Towson Square project.

"Towson is not unsafe or unruly," Kamenetz said, adding that rumors and talk to the contrary could damage efforts to revitalize the downtown Towson area along York Road.

On Tuesday, Mohler was reluctant to address the comments from September in light of a decision by the Baltimore County Board of Liquor License Commissioners.

"The Recher Theatre was not responsible for the events outside of it theater on September 22, 2012 and Baltimore County agrees, pursuant to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, that no fine or other penalty should be imposed by the Baltimore County Board of License Commissioners as a result of those events," the agreement states.

Mohler said the decision is proof that Kamenetz "didn't inject himself into the issue."

"The liquor board is clearly an independent entity and when folks go before the liquor board they get a fair and independent hearing," Mohler said.

Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican whose district includes Towson, said Monday he "would not have assigned blame" so quickly on the Rechers.

"But on the other hand, the county executive's top priority is the public safety of Baltimore County and he needed to send a message that the downtown Towson area is a safe place," Marks said.

M. Sullivan November 21, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Sorry, but the downtown Towson area is not quite the "safe place" it was only a few years ago. With the bums and beggars hanging around on the streets and the crowd being bussed in from Baltimore, this place has a lot more issues than just the few random brawls near the college bars late at night. Most of the better quality retail businesses such as Finkelstein's have left in favor of Love Ones and the Hookah bar. The nice place that Towson Commons was, for the first few years, deteriorated into a wasteland of empty storefronts. Now some masterminds want to build basically the same thing two blocks away and expect different results! The only thing that is going to stop this decline is vastly stepped up security, removal of the bums, and ending MTA stops in Towson.
Karl November 21, 2012 at 02:43 PM
By blaming the Rechers, Kamenetz himself caused the very same "rumors and talk" he said might damage revitalization of Towson. This is not a monumental gaffe. However, it is yet another example of Kamenetz's consistent distrustfulness.
Robbin J November 21, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Look out M. Sullivan, you'll be branded "rascist" any minute now. That's the definition of speaking the truth now, don't you know that?
number9dream November 21, 2012 at 06:04 PM
If they wanted to remain in business, the Towson Commons movie theater should have paid more attention to the attitudes of the "people" they employed. The atmosphere actually seemed hostile, from the staff at the ticket window to the concessions, the last time I took my children to see a movie there. I was glad to leave and never return. I don't have high hopes for Towson.
M. Sullivan November 21, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Yeah, I've come to expect it.
john merkle November 25, 2012 at 05:24 AM
People, much like the 3rd party "exonerated" promoter, now has the recipe for creating havoc, legally, and getting the "good guy" blamed for it...Thanx for loophole...Big Kev!!!

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