Beer and bingo? Casino looking to expand liquor service area, hours

Golf course liquor license, downtown patio, Queensway liquor store also on Monday’s agenda

Treasure Cove Casino is looking to expand its liquor license to allow it to serve nearly 50% more customers at one time.

The casino is seeking approval from the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch to allow liquor service in its bingo area and upper mezzanine. The change would increase the occupancy load of the casino’s liquor service areas from 2,016 patrons to 3,004 patrons. Currently, the casino serves alcohol on the casino floor, show lounge, and cafe.

Additionally, Treasure Cove is looking to extend its hours of service from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Currently, the casino’s liquor license requires it to stop service at 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at midnight on other nights.

The city council is expected to debate whether to support the request on Monday evening.

“The nearest primary liquor establishment is the Prince George Playhouse, which is located west of the subject property and faces Highway 16,” wrote Deanna Wasnik, City Manager of Planning and of development, in a report presented to council on Monday. “In addition to this, the existing Treasure Cove Casino has a 33.0m buffer strip along the southern property line which provides screen and noise reduction to the nearest residential properties. Therefore, the administration does not anticipate any significant impacts from an expanded permit area in the existing building. »

In July 2012, the city council supported the casino’s request to include the casino’s gaming area in Treasure Cove’s liquor license, and in February 2020, the council supported the expansion of liquor service to the showroom, added Wasnik.

Richard Duval, director of the Van Bien Community Association, wrote a letter of support for the request dated April 4. Duval said he has lived in the area since 1984 and his property backs directly onto the casino site.

“We support requests for changes to liquor service regulations at Treasure Cove Casino,” Duval wrote. “First, because we cannot anticipate any negative effects on our community as a result of these changes. Second, if I can offer a person view; Businesses in general, but especially those whose viability depends on public traffic, have endured tremendous hardship during this pandemic and should be given the greatest possible latitude to respond to the economic realities imposed by the pandemic of the past two years.

Duval said Treasure Cover owner John Major met with him and Van Bien Community Association president Randy Potskin to discuss the proposed changes, and the consultation was appreciated.

FOUR ALCOHOL ISSUES ON THE COUNCIL’S AGENDA

The council will also intervene on a trio of other alcohol-related items on Monday evening.

Council will hold a public hearing into a rezoning to allow an existing liquor store to move from the Hart to a location on Queensway. More than 45 Millar Addition area residents have written to the town opposing the move.

Additionally, Alder Hills Golf Course is looking to expand its license to allow liquor service to patrons at its newly constructed driving range. The move would increase its occupancy load for liquor service from 60 to 160 customers.

Finally, Nancy O’s restaurant is applying to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulatory Authority to expand its liquor license to include 59 seats on its seasonal patio, which takes up four parking spaces on Third Avenue in front of the restaurant. The change would increase the restaurant’s capacity to serve alcohol from 128 to 160 customers, by removing some indoor seating.

In a letter to city council, Nancy O co-owner Eoin Foley said the difference in paperwork between this year and last year to open the patio is substantial.

“Last year, when it became an option, we were told the bureaucracy would go away. It was. We decided that Friday to build a patio, the following Friday we designed and built all the furniture and structure and opened it up,” Foley wrote.

This year, the process began in September and will cost the company more than $6,500 at the time of construction, including an engineering design and $4,200 in rent to the city for the use of the four parking spaces in the street, he wrote.

“Last year was a classic example of how when bureaucracy and fees are reduced, companies will get things done,” Foley wrote. “Now to do the exact same thing, we have to pay a bunch of extra money and jump through a bunch of hoops. Please don’t just cut red tape when it comes to patios. These patios are not only a great asset to the businesses they belong to, but they are community assets. all. Please don’t discourage more of them from being created.

The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch makes all final decisions regarding changes to liquor licenses, but City Council can decide to support or oppose proposed changes.