‘I’m so disgusted with the town’ — Texas BBQ owner

Business owner has harsh words for the town; he can operate on Qualicum Beach but can't smoke his food there

Texas BBQ was granted a smokeless stay of execution Monday night by Qualicum Beach town council, but the owner of the business remains unimpressed.

Responding to residents’ concerns about smoke emanating from the mobile food truck during the cooking process, council recently gave Texas BBQ notice it was going to cancel its business licence. This came just a couple weeks after council had granted the business a licence to operate on the beach.

Texas BBQ was told it had to show up at council’s July 8 meeting to plead its case to stay on Qualicum Beach for the summer. The motion Monday night “relieves the stress of having to come to council,” said Coun. Bill Luchtmeijer, who seemingly took an active interest in this file.

Luchtmeijer reported that the business offered to do its smoking off site.

Between serving customers Tuesday at the Craig Street Market in Parksville, Texas BBQ owner Rick Allen didn’t pull any punches when discussing his views about how the Town of Qualicum Beach operates.

“After all we’ve been put through, the waffling back and forth, all we have tried to be is accommodating,” said Rick Allen. “I’m so disgusted with the Town of Qualicum Beach. We probably won’t be back next year.”

Allen was asked if he would comply with the new suggestion of no smoking on site for this summer.

“It will be expensive for me but I will do it,” he said.

Location was also a matter of discussion during this debate over the proliferation of pulled pork on the promenade.

Originally, council granted the licence for operation near the Brant viewing area but power wasn’t readily available. The Beach Hut sent the town a letter objecting to the new competition on the beach. The Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce then offered power and a place near its tourism information booth and that seemed to settle the situation, until nearby residents — including the spouse of one person who is battling lung cancer — complained about the smoke coming from the operation.

The town currently has no bylaw regulating cooking appliances or smoke, so council was forced to look at cancelling the business licence of the Texas BBQ until the events of Monday night gave them a reprieve.

“Thank-you Coun. Luchtmeijer for helping to resolve this issue and avoiding a food fight,” Mayor Teunis Westbroek quipped.

Just Posted

The Parksville Civic and Technology Centre at 100 Jensen Ave. (PQB News file photo)
Parksville 2020 annual report now ready for public feedback

Documents can be viewed online; comments or questions to be submitted before noon on July 5, 2021

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

A Lotto 6/49 ticket purchased in Parksville for the June 19, 2021 draw is a $3M winner. (Submitted photo)
Winning Lotto 6/49 ticket worth $3M purchased in Parksville

Lottery prize winners have 52 weeks to claim jackpot

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

Emergency vehicles are parked outside of the Wintergreen Apartments on Fourth Avenue. (SUSAN QUINN / Alberni Valley News)
Port Alberni RCMP investigate stabbing on Fourth Avenue

Two men were found with ‘significant’ injuries near Wintergreen Apartments

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

Most Read