FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has given its approval of a distillery that could open in the City.

The Mad Trapper Distillery has applied to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch to open a distillery and lounge in Fort St. John. As a part of that process, the City must approve the application before the Provincial Licensing Branch gives final approval.

The facility would include a tasting room for up to 50 people and would have a limited menu for foodservice and would offer entertainment. It would be open Monday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and would be located at 10219 94th avenue in the old Guillevin International building.

The City received only one letter expressing concerns about the project. The letter from a neighbouring business expressed concerns about the lack of parking at the proposed facility. Patrons would need to park on the street since the proposed property would only have a handful of parking spots.

Overall the City and Council believe the majority of residents support the project, and they believe it will create new jobs and provide a new social venue in the City.

No timeline has been released on when the facility could be open.