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Summerhill Winery in Kelowna wants to expand

Summerhill Pyramid Winery is seeking to add a lounge to its operations.
Summerhill Pyramid Winery is seeking to add a lounge to its operations.
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KELOWNA - Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna is looking to add a lounge to its winery operations.

Planning staff are recommending council support an application by Summerhill to the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch for an 88-seat outdoor lounge next to the main winery building.

Increased traffic and noise should be minimal, planner Lydia Korolchuk writes in a report to council, as the outdoor area is well within the current boundaries of the winery which is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

The lounge is not expected to draw additional traffic but instead draw from the existing customer base.

It is also within two kilometres of several parks and schools as well as two other wineries, St. Hubertus and Oak Bay Estate Wineries.

According to the report, Summerhill has been in operation since 1992 and moved into its current location in 1997.

Besides the lounge, the winery is licensed for a 120-seat restaurant, a banquet room that holds 235, plus two patio areas that can hold an additional 115 patrons. There are also two picnic areas for 30 but only one can be used at a time.

One note Korolchuk makes to council is that the lounge would not be restricted to 10 events per year as it currently is under the Agricultural Land Reserve regulations for events.

Anyone who feels affected by the proposed lounge is invited to address council at a public hearing into the application at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Kelowna city hall.

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