A big new entertainment complicated in downtown Kelowna that opens now was presently producing news a yr back. And yet again, before this month.
Revelry Foodstuff+New music Hub could additional pressure law enforcement resources committed to holding downtown Kelowna safe, a nightclub operator informed metropolis councillors on Sept. 12.
“We really don’t know the result of that 685-man or woman capacity institution,” Dave Habib, owner of the Liquid Zoo, mentioned. “What’s it going to add to the RCMP’s stress, with all the things that arrives with a liquor primary establishment?”
Habib and one more downtown business operator were being primarily addressing council to protest the doable conversion of the Craft Beer Market’s licence from meals-major to liquor-most important. Such a swap, if permitted by the province versus the council’s suggestion, could gas complications close to social condition and late-night time drunkenness, they advised council.
As the longest recent holder of a liquor most important licence in downtown Kelowna, Habib could be witnessed as a businessman simply trying to secure his professional interests from new levels of competition.
And his characterization of Revelry, at 1383 Ellis St., as tiny a lot more than a different nightclub is 1 firmly turned down by Lee Simon, owner of the new enterprise. He says the aim at the two-storey institution will be on are living entertainment and food stuff, not offering as significantly alcohol as attainable.
“We have labored diligently to develop a distinct variety of setting for the intake of food items and dwell music – jointly,” Simon explained Thursday in an email. Police performed a walkthrough of the small business this 7 days, he explained.
“I consider they have been equally impressed and pleasantly shocked by what they observed inside, precisely with regard to the actions we have taken to downplay the position of alcohol in our notion,” Simon said.
Revelry has the two a food items-key and a liquor-key licence, “just like a hotel”, Simon stated. It’s pioneering a new principle in Kelowna, he said, just one that will be welcomed as a sizeable addition to the downtown core.
“New housing in Kelowna will convey several new inhabitants, and they will be searching for more enjoyment solutions,” he explained.
That was an argument Kelowna town councillors observed persuasive final yr when they unanimously endorsed Simon’s software to the province for a liquor-primary licence. “At the conclusion of the day, I do really think this is strengthening our cultural district,” Coun. Luke Stack said.
Revelry will open Friday at 11 a.m. with live audio established through the day and into the night Monday by Saturday. Closing occasions will range.