June 26, 2013 - 10:01 AM
KAMLOOPS – After three years of trying to get the city to approve a capacity increase the Commodore Grand Cafe and Lounge is one big step closer to getting that increase after council gave approval Tuesday afternoon.
The public was given a chance to offer comments on the proposed increase, 107 from 86 persons, and only three letters were submitted. Each of the letters was in support of the application, including one from Rob Medves of Cactus Jacks Saloon, another downtown bar.
Coun. Nelly Dever was impressed with the support owners Dino Bernardo and Chris Monteleone received from a competitor, and Coun. Tina Lange had nothing but praise for the establishment as well.
“I think all of your staff is very responsible," Lange said. "The Commodore is unique to Kamloops and if this helps you I will be in favour.”
Lawyer Dennis Coates told council the capacity numbers were carried over from when the facility was strictly a restaurant and did not change when it was converted to a lounge/pub.
With Coun. Marg Spina absent from the meeting and Mayor Peter Milobar excusing himself from the discussion due to a conflict of interest the motion to support the application was passed unanimously.
The application will now get forwarded to the B.C. Liquor Control branch for final approval. Monteleone expects they will hear on that decision by the end of the summer.
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