No Complaints Raised At Public Hearing As Downtown Business Bids For Pub License
The Black Clover on 5th Avenue wants to shift from restaurant to pub 250News photo
Prince George, BC – The Black Clover is one step closer to becoming the downtown core’s newest pub…
In a bid to broaden its appeal, the Irish eatery on 5th Avenue has applied to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch for a Liquor-Primary license, after operating as a restaurant since opening last December. The shift would allow the business to extend its hours from midnight until 2am and would allow greater flexibility with regards to its food service and entertainment offerings.
A public hearing at Monday night’s Council meeting failed to draw any input for, or against, the rezoning application needed to allow The Black Clover’s shift in operations. But a report from the City’s General Manager of Planning and Development said the application is consistent with Council’s strategic priority to diversify and grow the downtown core.
Although there are five similar licenses within 150 metres – Heartbreakers Nightclub, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Prince George Italian Club, the proposed CrossRoads Brewery, and Coaches Corner – Ian Wells noted the number of liquor primary seats downtown has been steadily decreasing since its peak of just over 5,000 seats in 1990. (bar graph below courtesy City of Prince George)
Wells pointed out the Black Clover is near commercial businesses and its peak operating hours would be mostly outside of standard business hours. He said there have been no complaints to date regarding the existing establishment.
Councillor Brian Skakun thanked the owners for their investment in the downtown and for this transition in their business plan, “Because I think it’s important that we have quality entertainment in the downtown in the later evening hours.” And Councillor Murry Krause echoed Skakun’s sentiments, “We need a vibrant downtown entertainment district and this will contribute to it.”
Councillors unanimously endorsed third reading of the rezoning application, as well as a resolution recommending the LCLB issue a Liquor-Primary license.