Princeton Way Pub Ltd. has applied to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch to relocate their operation and liquor-primary license to a smaller facility.
The owners of Gold Rush Pub are looking to open a new establishment at 273B Wallace St., the former location of Driftwynd Bistro.
According to the application, the new venue was chosen because it complied with the requirements for a neighbourhood pub. The existing building has all the facilities necessary for serving food and liquor, however, the kitchen would be modernized and the front room “made suitable for social gathering.”
Princeton Way Pub Ltd. hopes to provide a meeting place that will feature freshly prepared food at budget prices. The new proposed name for the pub is The Local Pub & Eatery.
“The attraction to bringing the pub to Wallace Street is two-fold,” Princeton Way Pub Ltd. said in their application. “First, it is within walking distance of the Hope residential area. Thus, it is expected that many will walk to this gathering place. Secondly, the attending people will provide Wallace Street with a vibrancy.”
The pub would be open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week. The seating capacity at the establishment would drop to 60 and there wouldn’t be an outdoor patio.
According to the proposal, if the pub expects a crowd for a fundraiser or special event, there would be trained door security and outdoor lighting. In addition, Princeton Way Pub Ltd. plans to install a camera system inside and out.
Approval for the liquor license is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General, and local government can only provide recommendations or comments towards the license application.
Hope council voted last week to opt out of the process, which means the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch will conduct their own public notification. This may be limited to a sign on the building providing the public with contact information should they have any comments or concerns. The decision to approve the license will be based on the Branch’s regulatory criteria.
Princeton Way Pub Ltd. could not be reached be press deadline.