Rossland city council approved an application on May 19 to let Rossland Beer Company expand and increase its seat capacity from 44 to 69 people.
The approval has been a long time coming, particularly since the company has been looking to expand its operations for more than four years.
Mayor Kathy Moore said there is only one particular challenge with the business expanding.
“During our recent meeting, the discussion around the expansion really revolved around limitations of parking in the area,” said Moore.
“Our staff has been working on a parking strategy downtown some time. We thought it would make sense to find other solutions to parking rather than deny a successful business to expand because of the issue.”
According to a document prepared by city planner Stacey Lightbourne, the business will require another four parking spaces with the expansion. The business will also have to pay the city $3,000 for each parking space.
The city hasn’t received any noise complaints from the business, according to the document.
Moore said the expansion will also help ease traffic at the business.
“Sometimes when you want to grab a beer at the pub, you can’t get in because they’ve reached their capacity. You then end up waiting outside for a while.”
“This expansion is a benefit both to locals and visitors.”
Moore said its great seeing Rossland businesses growing in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.