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Richmond brew pub looks to expand liquor sales into bowling alley

Monkey 9 Brew Pub wants to serve liquor to a maximum of 460 customers.
Monkey 9 Brew Pub wants to serve alcohol in its adjacent bowling alley.

The liquor licence for a brew pub in south Richmond could more than double if it is allowed to serve drinks in its neighbouring Lucky 9 Lanes bowling alley.

Monkey 9 Brew Pub, located close to No. 6 Road and Steveston Highway, is proposing expanding its "liquor primary" licence into the former Zone Bowling facility, going from serving 200 customers to serving 460 customers.

As part of the application to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, the city is asked to comment and city staff are recommending council give a positive recommendation to expand the licence into the bowling lanes.

The seating capacity of Lucky 9 Lanes is 160 people and the lane capacity is 100 people. (Currently, the seating area has a food primary licence.)

Monkey 9 Brew Pub, which took over from Big River Brew Pub after it and the bowling alley closed in 2015, will keep the same hours, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the week.

In a report to council, city staff say they don’t think the noise level would be of any concern.

Monkey 9 Brew Pub is located in the “entertainment district” at the south end of No. 6 Road and includes SilverCity Riverport movie theatre, Richmond Ice Centre and Watermania.

In a consultation with neighbouring properties, the only concerns raised were increased traffic and racing in the parking lot.

The change to the liquor licence will be ultimately decided by the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.

Council will consider the brew pub application at its committee meeting next Monday.