Starting fresh. That’s what Kylie Oliveira, the former owner of Bou’s Brew Pub in downtown Presque Isle that closed back in April — is doing. She, along with her father Mark, and Derrell Richardson were just approved by the Presque Isle City Council for their liquor license and special amusement permit for their new bar, Star City Nightlife — that will be located inside the Presque Isle VFW.
“It’s like a second chance, definitely lesson learned…that’s the biggest thing..lesson learned,” she said.
Bou’s Brew Pub closed back in April after a number of issues were brought to the city’s attention — including noise complaints and fights. Oliveira said the only aspect of the old bar that will carry over to the new one — the patrons. Star City Nightlife is under new management, a new name, and a different LLC.
“The leadership involved in it now is so much different .. It’s going to be everyone working together to make it what we want it to be and we have a lot of plans,” said Oliveira.
Over the last month the three behind the new establishment have been meeting with city officials in Presque Isle to lay down some restrictions for the new bar. City manager Jim Bennett showed NewsSource 8 a list of 7 terms. Some of the terms are: the owners will work with the Presque Isle Police Department to establish a responsible noise level…and the owners will give the PIPD a list weekly of the individuals who have been restricted from the location.
“I think everybody’s optimistic and hopeful that by working jointly together that they’re going to be successful and we’re not going to have the issues they had when they were in the downtown area,” said Bennett.
Post Commander Randolph Michaud is happy to rent the space to Star City Nightlife..he said they were having a hard time keeping it open anyway. This allows the VFW to focus more on taking care of their veterans.
“We have a big building here that we were either going to shut down or sell..and it’s just going to be another place gone in the town of PI and there’s too much of that as it is,” said Michaud.
Michaud says he’s looking past the issues that the old bar had on main street. Oliveira says the bar is going to be open Wednesday through Saturday…and will have teen and chem free nights on Sundays.