COURTENAY, B.C- A vacant building in western Courtenay could soon be hosting a new restaurant.

During today’s meeting of Courtenay city council, an application for a new liquor license will be coming to the table from Carlos O’Bryan’s Neighbourhood Pub.

The restaurant would be the latest entry in a popular chain, and is being planned to open up at 2910 Kilpatrick Avenue.

City administration is recommending that council ask for the public’s input on the license, and bring it back to the table for August 20.

No rezoning is required for the proposal, and the space was previously occupied by another restaurant. It’s been vacant since that restaurant closed several years ago.

“The applicant is not proposing to make any major changes or alterations to the exterior of the building except a few minor changes such as new signs and façade painting, which is not subject to development permit requirement,” read the council agenda for today’s meeting.

“Some interior functions such as seating layout, kitchen and bathroom will be remodelled or upgraded in accordance with the building code. The proposed hours of service are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. all week except Sunday (closes at 12 a.m.).”

Council meets today at 4:00 p.m.