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Premier visits local businesses
Premier Christy Clark strolled through downtown Kelowna on her way to RauDZ Regional Table Friday afternoon.
Clark was joined by Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto, City of Kelowna councillors and several others for the visit that was part of an organized small business walkabout.
Audrey Surrao, co-owner of RauDz, greeted Clark at the door and had about 10 minutes to chat to the premier.
Surrao described the opportunity to speak face-to-face with the premier as "amazing."
"To be recognized by Christy Clark and have her here, as well as (Minister Yamamoto), is pretty special," said Surrao.
Surrao spoke to Clark about the issues her and co-owner chef Rod Butters are having with attaining a liquor licence for their soon-to-open bar: micro bar • bites.
"It's a very long process to get your licence. The communication process is non-existent…I mentioned that to her as well.
"Parliamentary Secretary John Yap is reviewing the liquor policies in B.C., so I thanked her for that."
The pair also chatted about local suppliers and local wines on the restaurant's wine list.
Prior to the walk, Clark presented the City of Kelowna with a $10,000 award for supporting small businesses.
Coun. Luke Stack said the money will go toward making it possible to renew business licences online.