Hank Dietle’s Tavern Receives Approval For Its Original Liquor License, #001

by Michelle Katz

Hank Dietle’s Tavern Receives Approval For Its Original Liquor License, #001

Back in February of 2018, Hank Dietle’s Tavern suffered damage after a fire, forcing it to close. Since then, a dedicated crew has been working hard to rebuild the tavern.

Earlier today, Hank Dietle’s Tavern shared this update on facebook: “Just had our ABS hearing.. approved! We’re getting license #001 back!”

Hank Dietle’s had MoCo’s very first liquor license– after the fire, there was a lot of speculation about whether they would be allowed to have that original license number again. Luckily, they learned today that they are able to keep that piece of their MoCo history!

Hank Dietle’s Tavern in Rockville was built in 1916 and first served as a general store until named “Offutt’s” until Hank Dietle took over in the 1950s. Before the fire, you’d also find a pool table, arcade games, and vintage bar furniture.  As their sign outside says, they were known for serving cold beer, but the only food they served were chips and peanuts inside (though there was usually a food truck outside).

A recent update to their gofundme page shared that they finished rebuilding the drywall and plan to open up “at some point in the not too distant future” for some “live bands or at least spilling beer with the jukebox cranking.”

If you’re curious about who has liquor license #002, check out a previous post of ours where we walk you through this unique spot.

Photo of Hank Dietle’s courtesy of the “Hank Dietle’s Tavern Rides Again” facebook page.  Photo is from December 2019.

By: Michelle Katz @pike.and.rozay 


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