Penticton and South Okanagan
Nightclub wants longer hours & strippers
Oct 9, 2013 / 6:45 am
A request by a Penticton nightclub to extend its hours, is now in the public notification phase.
The city council directed staff Monday to get feedback over the next few weeks regarding Opal Nightclub's plans, and report back at the Nov. 4 meeting.
"We will be sending out letters to all property owners within a 90 metre radius of the club and putting notices in local newspapers, alerting people to the potential change of hours and giving them an opportunity to provide comments," said Anthony Haddad, the city's director of development services. "Then at the meeting there will be the opportunity to speak."
Council will then be in a postilion to either support or deny the application or support it with variations.
The recommendation then goes to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch in Victoria for a final decision.
The City's other nightclub, The Mule, made a similar request this year for a change of hours, which was approved.
Opal, on Main Street, is seeking to change its hours from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., Monday to Sunday, to noon to 3 a.m., Monday to Sunday.
Opal Office Manager Jane Watson said owners mentioned back in May they would be seeking to do this.
"People come out later than they used to, so the extra hour is needed, especially in the winter," she said. "Basically, the bottom line is always about keeping the business viable."
As for the daytime hours, she said, owners would like to host sporting events or wedding receptions, and have also been asked about Christmas parties.
She believes the public notification phase will proceed in a positive fashion, as they have not had fights and nothing but positive dealings with the RCMP.
"I don't see any issues during the public process," she said. "There have been no complaints from surrounding areas."
The club has also now met all the licensing requirements to offer adult entertainment.
"We are always compliant with what the city wants and have the permits in place," said Watson.
Nor does the club plan to be just a strip club, she said.
"Our personal goal is to stay as diverse as possible, with comedian Simon King coming in and a huge haunted house planned for Halloween," she said. "We have to keep our options open. What the customers want, we do, is the bottom line."
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