City staff support new ‘liquor primary’ license for Wino’s Lounge

A new city staff report recommends city council supports an application for a new 'liquor primary' license for the proposed Wino's Lounge wine bar at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort village.

A new city staff report recommends city council supports an application for a new ‘liquor primary’ license for the proposed Wino’s Lounge wine bar at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort village.

The recommendation comes in a May 19 report by city development services manager Laurie Donato.

She writes that issuing a license for the new establishment, “is consistent with the policy directions for commercial development outlined in the Official Community Plan and zoning bylaws and the impact is expected to be positive in that it will support growth in tourism and offer a new social venue for visitors of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.”

Donato notes that four people attended a May 18 public information meeting on the proposed new license and all four of them were in favour of the application.

The liquor primary license means patrons can order alcoholic drinks without being required to also buy food.

Wino’s Lounge is located in ‘Building 3’ at the RMR village, near to and across from the existing Rockford Restaurant. The building plan calls for a “maximum occupant load” of 110 people, including staff and patrons. Proposed operating hours are: Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

“The establishment is seasonal in nature and will only be open from November to May,” the staff report notes.

The report also says that there is an existing liquor primary license within one-kilometre radius of the proposed wine bar. That license is held by Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

Final say on the license application rests with the provincial Liquor Control and Licensing Branch. However, formal support from municipal councils is considered crucial for applicants.

Council will discuss the recommendation at their June 14 regular meeting.