Business owner fights Liquor Board

The Liquor Licensing Board hasn’t heard the last from Brian Barnes.

The owner of Barnes Bartender Service says he will fight to have his licence altered.

His request that all restrictions on his mobile liquor license be removed so he could provide roadside vending service was denied by board members.

The decision came after Mr. Barnes’ heated and at times confrontational testimony during the annual general meeting Thursday, 24 September.

Saying he is simply ‘trying to do business within the law, keep his business straight and put bread on my table’, Barnes told the board he was losing money to illegal roadside vendors.

‘It’s not my job to report it. If the liquor inspector and RCIPS were going around doing what they were supposed to do we wouldn’t have this problem’, he said when board chairman Mitchell Welds asked if he had reported lawbreakers to the authorities.

Mr. Barnes was notified of the board’s decision Friday, 25 September and immediately announced he will file an appeal. He says he has written a letter to the board which they are expected to receive and consider later this week.

The outcome of the meeting wasn’t a total washout for Mr. Barnes. Board members agreed to amend his music and dancing license so he can provide pre-recorded background music at Sunday events.

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