Will the Generator reopen?

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Exotic dancers and liquor service until 3 a.m. are part of plans to reopen the former nightclub as Ignite Night Club.

A Prince George business group is looking to reopen the former Generator nightclub with longer booze service and exotic dancers.

A public hearing will be held at City Hall at 7 p.m. on June 13 for council to consider a proposal from Tandoori Nation Restaurants Ltd. To extend liquor service hours from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily to 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily. The Board’s recommendation to approve or reject the amendment will be forwarded to the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, which has final authority over liquor license amendments. Under the proposed change, the nightclub’s maximum capacity would remain at 250 patrons.

Paladin Consultants outlined the business model for Ignite Night Club in a letter submitted to City Council on behalf of the ownership group. The club has been closed since 2017.

“Professional exotic dancers will provide entertainment. Management will provide and inform dancers of Ignite(‘s) house policy regarding performances and enforce the no contact rule with customers,” the letter reads. “We don’t see Ignite as the general definition of a ‘Gentleman’s Club’. We see it as a place of entertainment geared towards both men and women in the 25-60 age bracket.

In addition to exotic dancers, the owners plan to host concerts at special events throughout the year. Currently, there are no other places offering comparable services in the city, the letter states.

“Our mission is to create an upscale nightclub experience that exceeds guest expectations by providing exceptional levels of service, entertainment and social activities in a safe, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere,” the letter reads. “We will provide our customers with a safe and energetic environment to socialize, dance and have fun…We are confident that Ignite will fill a void that has been missing in downtown Prince George.”

The security plan for the proposed nightclub includes security cameras inside and outside the building, a male security guard and a female security guard positioned at the door, the use of identification scanners, a dress code and six security guards plus a security officer inside the club during peak hours. . Additionally, the club will not promote discounted drinks and all staff will receive regular training in serving liquor.

“Our vision to become Prince George’s premier lounge, nightclub and entertainment hub,” the letter reads.

According to the city staff report presented to council on June 13, council approved a liquor license for the proposed club on August 17, 2020. Hours of liquor service from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily were approved at that time.

“The nearest major liquor establishment is Lambda Cabaret (1177 3rd Avenue), which is located approximately 65m east of the subject property. Both the property in question and Lambda Cabaret have existing licenses for primary liquor establishments,” the staff report states. “The administration supports this request, as the proposed extension of liquor service hours is consistent with (City of Prince George’s Liquor and Cannabis Licensing Policy) direction and (Official Community Plan) and does not should not have a significant impact on surrounding uses. »

Anyone interested in providing written comments to City Council regarding the proposed liquor license amendment may email [email protected], fax 250-561-0183 or mail or deliver a letter by hand to City Hall before noon on June 13. Residents can also appear for City Council in person on June 13 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, or by phone by dialing 1-877-708-3350 and using passcode 1269574.

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