Fort Kent councilors approve liquor license request, mull ATV/snowmobile trail promotion
FORT KENT, Maine — Fort Kent town councilors on Monday unanimously approved a local doctor’s request for permission to apply for a Maine liquor license for a new business he plans to open this spring.
At Monday’s meeting, Dr. John Hotchkiss said he believes “Crossings,” a new bar he plans to open at the site of the old BeeJays Tavern, will employ about 10 people.
Before approving the request, Council Chair Dr. John Bouchard asked Hotchkiss if Crossings will offer food to patrons.
“It’s not gonna be a full-service restaurant,” Hotchkiss said, but will offer low prep-food such as antipasto and paninis and possibly pizza.
Hotchkiss also told the councilors that he has initiated safety measures at the building, such as repairing uneven floor tiles.
“I’m very risk averse,” he said.
Hotchkiss said he will have “no tolerance for fighting or tolerance for illegal behavior” at Crossings and is prepared to ban people for life from patronizing the business if he finds they are engaging in such behavior on the premises.
Hotchkiss told the councilors that Crossings will be open seven days a week.
Also at Monday’s meeting, councilor Joey Ouellette initiated a discussion about promoting the town’s ATV and snowmobile trails. Ouellette said he feels the town should “play a bigger role in marketing these trails.”
Councilor Carroll Theriault said he also feels the town could do more to promote the local trails.
“We’ve got some of the greatest trail systems up north here; anything we can do to promote our winters benefits the area,” he said.
Town Manager Suzie Paradis said she will contact the local ATV and snowmobile clubs to request that they email trail reports which she will include on the Town of Fort Kent Facebook page as time allows.
The council will revisit the issue at a future meeting.
The next regularly meeting of the Fort Kent Town Council is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the Fort Kent Town Office.