Request from bar to serve liquor on deck splits Montague council

Steve Sharratt
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Deck at front of Ise’s (Interactive Sports Entertainment) Montague

MONTAGUE — The acquisition of a liquor licence for a sports and entertainment outlet here may have difficulty sinking the eight ball.

A battle over booze is shaping up as Ise’s (Interactive Sports Entertainment) Montague is seeking to serve alcohol on its brand new deck.

The operation at the Down East Mall has already built a new wooden deck on the front of the establishment and has gone to the town seeking support for an application to serve liquor outside. The issue raised a flurry of comment here Monday night and the six elected officials are firmly divided on the matter.

“I’ve already heard from people who are against this because it’s too close to some homes,’’ said Coun. Wayne Spin.

Similar concerns were acknowledged by Coun. John MacFarlane and Deputy Mayor David Mabon. However, Coun. Jim Bagnall and Debbie Johnston said more information should be determined before final voting next month.

The new deck borders on the parking lot of the shopping mall, but plenty of residential homes border the back of the mall operation and may be in close enough proximity that homeowners fear excessive late night noise throughout the summer.

“Our plans for our licence deck are to offer the best experience to our customers,” said Ise’s manager Matt Robinson. “We have a wide range of customers of all ages from many places ... and we hope our deck will attract more business for us and for the town as well.”

Ise’s menu currently sells pizza by the slice and is adding a hot dog cooker. It offers bar service, sports watching and pool tables and has recently expanded into having live bands on weekends.

“We are looking into ovens to upgrade our menu into more of a pub menu,” Robinson confirmed.

“I’ve had someone approach me about this deck licence and they weren’t happy,’’ said Mayor Richard Collins. “I suspect I will hear from a lot more.”

The issue was discussed at committee of council and will now go to the July council meeting in an apparent deadlock. If the vote is tied again on July 14, Mayor Richard Collins faces the task of casting the deciding vote.

Organizations: Montague council, Interactive Sports Entertainment

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Recent comments

  • Haha
    June 26, 2014 - 11:56

    Hahha this place has no problem with "sinking the eight balls".... I hope to god this DOESNT attract tourists to the establishment - they'd never come back to Montague. The amount of fights and brawls out front already without liquor being allowed out the door is ridiculous. Class this place up a little would you!

  • no google
    June 26, 2014 - 11:23

    Its easy to roar get into the 21 century when you don't have to listen to drunken fools till the early morning hours !

    • Regular Joe
      Regular Joe
      June 26, 2014 - 22:17

      Oh really , so your saying that if they are refused a permit then there will be no more late night tail gate parties in the superstore and Mall parking lots . Odd they didn't get mentioned when the subject of noise came up or maybe they are relatives . More drinking and drugs done and sold in these two places then in the whole town yet it's allowed to continue , didn't see that mentioned by all these upstanding concerned citizens . Sounds like a personal vendetta against the bar itself more then concerned citizens

  • Walter Zarins
    June 26, 2014 - 11:18

    The entire Down East Mall is virtually buffed by a green zone. The closest residential property is the poor guy at the entrance to the Superstore plaza. This is as neanderthal as when the Town went after sandwich boards along Main Street last year. Utterly stupid and backward.

    • islander
      June 26, 2014 - 15:00

      I guess you have never been on Gaul St or Down East Crescent then.... just fyi, if you're feeling adventurous, you can find these streets behind the mall, beside the bar.

  • What's good for the goose
    June 26, 2014 - 09:52

    Sir Isaacs; Windows; and the Station Cafe all have outdoor patios. Did town council not have to 'approve' those? Try walking down any street in downtown Charlottetown - outdoor decks litter the sidewalks and there are apartments close by. It's summer folks- try enjoying life for a change. Mr Mayor- put your big boy pants on approve this!!

    • apples and oranges
      June 26, 2014 - 12:43

      Windows on the Water and Station Café, are restaurants, not bars. They are not open late at night, with drunk clients on their patios until all hours of the morning. These restaurants are both on the waterfront, nowhere near anyone's homes.... The bar is situated in the backyards of a number of homes, will have drunk clients on the patio until the wee hours of the're comparing apples and oranges.

  • from personal experience
    June 26, 2014 - 09:02

    people out drinking on the front steps of this bar (and out around the side of the building and in the cars out front) was an issue before they had the patio... now it will be worse. I pity the nearby homeowners....

    • insider
      July 08, 2014 - 11:41

      People drinking on the front step was never an issue with this bar they employ to bouncers both friday and saturday nights to ensure this,they were giving a building permit by the town to build this deck and are now told they might not be able to use it.if there was an issue i believe it should have been brought before the council before the permit was issued.I have seen in the last year this bars attempt to clean up and class up under new managment most of the trouble makers have been barred .

  • Pat McGowan
    June 26, 2014 - 08:54

    For goodness sake,Montague Council,get your heads out of the sand and realize this is no different from other patios serving drinks. Surely you didn't need a long discussion to decide this.Maybe a completely new Council in October would help this town move ahead.New young Councillors and Mayor with new ideas.

  • ??
    June 26, 2014 - 08:34

    I am with everyone else let them have it .. Didn't Kate's cafe serve liquor on there deck when they where at the mall

    • Yup
      June 26, 2014 - 19:46

      Yup Kate's Cafe did serve liquor on the deck when they were in the mall.

  • Mall rat
    June 26, 2014 - 06:01

    Loud and boisterous people down by the mall eh? Well, lets not even talk about the bar for a moment; there's enough loud and boisterous activity in front of the mall and superstore on Main street every night til the late hours, so who would even notice the bar activity. As for Ise's , I hope you get what you want, and class up the place a little bit, good luck!

  • seriously
    June 25, 2014 - 21:26

    Montague council who wants anything & everything to bring people to Montague are against this? ?????? It is a small deck in front of a bar on the main drag of many businesses. Should be allowed. Obviously Montague council MUST have issued a permit for this deck to be built. Hello? Not like there will be a band out there blaring music. Just local folks out having a brewsky on a nite in summer. Maybe even a few tourists should they show up. Montague needs to throw this mayor & council out totally as they do not have she-it for brains.

  • L B
    June 25, 2014 - 20:37

    OMG! Are you kidding me! It is a deck for god sakes...both former bars had a deck you could sit out on and drink..get with the times people! People go out there to smoke and no seriously whats the big deal? SMALL MINDED PEOPLE!

  • Joe Doe
    June 25, 2014 - 20:15


  • Regular Joe
    Regular Joe
    June 25, 2014 - 20:03

    What's different at this place compared to windows on the water or the water front it self . They are all close to peoples homes and it gets plenty loud at the water front when they have outdoor concerts . It's this not in my back yard mentality in Montague that is slowly killing it . It's not like they are planing to have a live band playing on the deck . So how loud can it be to the homeowners who are at the back of the building and about 1000 yards or more away .

    • in the know
      June 26, 2014 - 08:59

      Windows on the Water does not have homes in it's backyard or anywhere nearby. Windows on the Water is a higher end restaurant serving fine quality meals. Windows on the Water is not a bar, and is not open until the wee hours of the morning...

    • You Say
      June 26, 2014 - 16:22

      You say no homes near Windows or waterfront . Just who lives in the old Hooley building , are you saying they are not people , some might differ in option , also is there not a large building of seniors right above the town's new stage . Just a point of knowledge for the ones not familiar with the town layout .