Courtenay council has decided to give the Gladstone Brewing Company time to address concerns of the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association before endorsing a brewery lounge proposal.
The company is planning to open a micro-brewery at 244 Fourth St. It hopes to allow patrons to drink beer in a lounge area on the manufacturing site.
Though it supports the brewery in principle, the DCBIA harbours concern about plans for a food truck, which would not pay a downtown levy but would “reap the rewards of a downtown location,” association president Deana Simkin states in a letter to the city.
“The DCBIA would like to see a higher level of commitment and investment from Gladstone Brewery by building the facility to provide their own food for their patrons.”
Council voted Monday to postpone consideration of a final resolution to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.
If council does not support the issuance of a lounge endorsement, Gladstone would not be able to re-apply for two years.