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Red Deer nightclub fined $3,000

The former Tequila Nightclub was fined $3,000 on Tuesday after pleading guilty to allowing minors into the Red Deer bar.

The numbered corporation behind the bar, 1476956 Alberta Ltd., pleaded guilty to six counts of admitting minors under the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Act.

The corporation was facing 12 counts of admitting minors and was scheduled for trial on Tuesday in Red Deer traffic court.

Traffic court deals with offences under many provincial statutes, municipal bylaws and a few federal statutes.

Instead, the corporation pleaded guilty to six counts. The other counts were dismissed when the Crown called no evidence on those charges.

Last September, Tequila Nightclub had its business licence revoked after allegedly exceeding its licensed capacity, failing to comply with conditions related to security measures, and allowing minors inside.

On Tuesday, Tequila Nightclub was fined $500 on each of the six counts as a result of an agreement between Crown prosecutor Michael Scrase and the nightclub’s lawyer, Dana Carlson.

Traffic commissioner S. Gorsalitz said that considering the maximum fine for admitting minors was $50,000 on each count, the Crown was generous.

The corporation was given one year to pay the fines, plus a $450 surcharge.

In January, Calgary businessman Quan Diep, who opened the Tequila Nightclub in 2010, announced that he and his partners wanted to open up a European-style beer hall with international beers, food, live music and sports entertainment in the same location as the former downtown nightclub.

The intention was to open the International Beer Haus & Stage in late February.

Joyce Boon, the city’s Inspections and Licensing Department supervisor, said about 10 days ago that an application was made to the city for a building permit for renovations, including a kitchen.

“It’s a restaurant, not a drinking establishment,” Boon said.

Boon said the permit has yet to be issued for the restaurant, which is a permitted use in the area.

An occupancy permit will also be required from the city. Then the owners will have to work with Alberta Liquor and Gaming to obtain a liquor licence, she said.

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