Qualicum Beach council is proposing to move a smokeless Texas Barbecue back to the Visitor Information Centre by the beach.
The town had initially allowed mobile vendors Rick Allen and Lynn Silbernagel to locate there but nearby residents complained about the smoke from the barbecue smoker, so the town moved them down the beach beside The Beach Hut concession.
The Beach Hut complained about the unfair competition and others complained about the smoke, so council set a hearing for July 8 to consider revoking the barbecue's licence.
However, this week and last, Texas Barbecue set up by The Beach Hut still selling food but without the smoker.
If they're willing to continue on that basis, Coun. Bill Luchtmeijer reasoned Monday, why not move them back to the Chamber of Commerce visitor centre, as Chamber president Evelyn Clark had requested?
Corporate Administrator Trudy Coates said that was one of four options given to Texas Barbecue in a notice sent by the town.
Council passed a motion to cancel that notice and to see whether Texas Barbecue will move back without the smoker.
Silbernagel said Tuesday they're not happy about losing the smoker - "it's half our advertising" - and that smoking off-site will mean trying to guess how much food they'll need, not so easy during the busy season.
Still, "we're happy to accept their offer," she said, "and we'll do our best to make it work."
Silbernagel said she'd heard a lot of "outraged" people had contacted the town over the moves to shut down the barbecue.
"We're grateful for their support," she said.
/ 'We're happy to accept their offer," says Texas Barbecue's Lynn Silbernagel.;
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