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Pub gets a 'fresh start'

Jason Unrau
Northern News Services

Inuvik (June 11/04) - As of May 28, Frosty's Arctic Pub is under a new licensee and will be known as Frosty's 2004.

At the NWT Liquor Board's last meeting, held in Yellowknife May 27 and 28, a licence transfer from former holder Andre Ouellette to Rick Adams was approved and the board has allowed the pub to re-open following two conditions.

First, the bar is not permitted to open until the current suspension expires, June 28. Second, management and staff must agree to take the server training course the next time it comes to the community.

According to an official with the Liquor Board, licence transfer hearings do not have to take place in the relevant community, but can be completed at any regular board meeting.

While Adams was unavailable for comment on the matter, liquor licence board chair Don Kindt has faith in the new licensee.

"I know the applicant had explained to us some of the things he was going to improve, such as better training for staff," said Kindt. "He is a new owner so we have to give him a chance. It's a fresh start and we'll approach it with an open mind."

In March, the board suspended Frosty's licence for an unprecedented three months after it decided the establishment was in violation of the NWT Liquor Act.