Casino, Cactus Club seek new booze rules

Gateway, which owns Cascades Casino in the City of Langley, is seeking changes to its liquor licence to permit the sale of alcohol in its new pub-restaurant and patio. The issue will go to a public hearing on June 9. - Langley Times file photo
Gateway, which owns Cascades Casino in the City of Langley, is seeking changes to its liquor licence to permit the sale of alcohol in its new pub-restaurant and patio. The issue will go to a public hearing on June 9.
— image credit: Langley Times file photo

If a pair of local businesses have their way, Langley residents and visitors, 19 and older, will be able to drink later and in more places than they are currently permitted.

Cascades Casino and Cactus Club Café have both submitted proposals to the City of Langley to have their liquor licences expanded, with the restaurant seeking longer hours and the casino looking to add floor space, both inside and outside the building, where alcoholic drinks may be served.

Among the proposed changes to Cascades Casino are the construction of a new pub and restaurant — Match Eatery and Public House — on the building’s west side, where the poker room was formerly located.

The restaurant and pub, with seating for 165 inside the building, would include a 135-seat patio and offer liquor service until 2 a.m.

The existing Pinnacle Grille is slated to become a licensed, but family-friendly restaurant called The Buffet.

It will be  closed off from the casino floor and accessible from the Coast Hotel lobby only.

The casino is also seeking to allow patrons to take their drinks out onto the smoking patios, which they are not currently permitted to do.

In its proposal, Gateway, which owns Cascades, stated that the purpose of the expansion is “to enhance patrons’ customer experience, while in our facility, and in no way is to promote increased alcohol consumption or sales.”

A report by City staff on the proposed changes indicate that the expansion of liquor service at the casino is in keeping with the intensity of activity proposed for the City’s ‘Entertainment District.’

“The proposed outdoor patios are sufficiently removed from residential developments and no nuisance impacts are anticipated for area residents,” it reads.

The report also states that the high level of on-site security provided for the casino serves to reduce crime and public safety concerns.

Langley RCMP indicated that they also have no objection to the expansion of the casino’s liquor licence.

Cactus Club Café, meanwhile, has submitted an application to extend the hours during which it is permitted to serve alcohol.

Currently, the restaurant at the corner of 200 Street and the Langley Bypass is licensed to pour liquor from 9 a.m. to midnight.

It is proposing to delay last call until 1 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and until 1:30 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Sundays would remain unchanged, with service ending at midnight.

The changes would bring the Langley City restaurant’s hours into line with other Cactus Clubs.

According to a report to council, the final decision on both applications lies with the provincial government, which regulates liquor sales in B.C. However, the report states, the province may not approve a change to an existing licence if the change is not supported by the municipality.

Before any of the proposed changes are endorsed by the City, residents and property owners are invited to weigh in on the issue at a public hearing in council chambers at City Hall on Monday, June 9 at 7 p.m.

City Hall is located at 20399 Douglas Cres.

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