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Adams Ale House Slated to Reopen Under New Management

The Adams Ale House is slated to reopen under new management after months of being closed. Pub owner Nathan Girard on Wednesday told the Board of Selectmen that he plans to lease the building to a group that will run it under the same name.

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Freight Yard Pub Owners Opening 2nd North Adams Restaurant

Sean and Colleen Taylor have run Freight Yard Pub in Western Gateway Heritage State Park for 25 years. They hope to transfer that success to the Trail House by offering familiar, American food but with enough of a difference for the Trail House to stand alone.

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Two Pittsfield Convenience Stores Eyed to Re-open; Lach's Get New Manager

The owner of the former Dalton Ave. Variety is now looking to re-open in a gas station on South Street. Saurin Shah told the Licensing Board of Monday that he hopes to re-open his business in the former BP station across from Haddad on South Street in the coming months. He said he will be leasing the space and another entity is looking to rebuild the gas station.

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Lach's Lounge Faces Licensing Board Scrutiny, Again

For the third time in two years, Lach's Lounge was before the Licensing Board after a violent crime. But this time, the Licensing Board struggled to find how the bar was related to a Sept. 10 shooting in which a 32-year-old resident was shot multiple times. The incident occurred in the parking lot at about 1:20 p.m., a good 20 minutes after the bar had closed. While the victim had been a patron earlier in the evening, it is not known whether the shooter was there or not. Bar officials say the

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North Adams Eateries Approved for Alcohol Licenses

The License Commission on Monday approved a wine and beer license for SereniTea Parlor and all-alcoholic license for Korean Garden.

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Williamstown Selectmen Approve Package Store Licenses

The Board of Selectmen on Monday approved two new package store licenses one on the north end of town and one at the south. The Store at Five Corners in South Williamstown and the Express Mart at the corner of Simonds Road (Route 7) and Sand Springs Road were before the board seeking licenses to sell wine and malt beverages.

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Adams to Correct Grandview Terrace Sewer Issue

Resident Don Graves from Grandview Terrace approached the Board of Selectmen last week during the public comment period with concerns about the sewer line that has backed up into residents' homes a number of times and caused damage.

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Johnny's Beach Club Sold, Mexican Restaurant Eyed

The former Johnny's Beach Club has been sold and will become a Mexican restaurant. Attorney Jeff Lynch reported to the Licensing Board on Monday that Wahconah Street LLC. has purchased the bar and will turn it into a restaurant. The Secretary of State's Office shows Suzanne Chung, a partner with numerous restaurants including Jae's Bistro, as one of the signatories as well as Oscar Amaya.

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Methuselah Likely to Face Punishment From Licensing Board After Shooting

Police Lt. Michael Grady said the 17-year-old's shooting was likely gang related. He doesn't believe the shooter was inside of Methuselah at the time but that "associates" of the shooter were. The victim walked into the bar, had a drink as has been shown on the surveillance footage provided to police by Cohen and then left after 20 minutes. It was then he was shot right outside.

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Pittsfield Licensing Board to Scale Back Proposed Fee Increases

The Madison isn't a big tourist attraction. It's a place where neighbors gather, knock back a couple beers, and watch the game. Owner William Molner doesn't want to raise his prices. He wants it to be affordable for the neighborhood he serves. Last week he got notice of how much the property taxes were increasing. In January, the minimum wage is going up meaning he'll pay more for his employees. His liability insurance is going up. There is general insurance. There is insurance on the

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Mexican Restaurant Planned For Former Baba Louie's Pittsfield Location

A new Mexican restaurant is looking to open in the former Baba Louie's location on Depot street in the next month or so. Jose Luis Verde is looking to open Tito's, a new restaurant of a chain with establishments in Ohio and Tennessee. Verde received approval for the liquor license on Monday and as soon as the Okay is given by the state's Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, the restaurant is ready to open.

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Adams Simplifies One-Day Liquor License Application

The Selectmen on Wednesday approved a revamped one-day liquor-license application form that will simplify the application process. Selectman Arthur "Skip" Harrington presented the new two-page one-day application that was developed by the Licensing Subcommittee.

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License Board Approves Whitney's Alteration

Whitney's Beverage Shop in the Oasis Plaza was approved on Tuesday by the License Board for an alter of premise to location as it moves to expand its space.

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Pittsfield Licensing Board Considering New Processing Fees

The Licensing Board is looking to add on a processing fee for alcohol license holders who make changes mid-year. The fees would be tacked on to such transactions like changing of hours or changing of managers which are done outside of the annual renewal or up all of the annual renewal fees.

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Pittsfield Fire Department Says Lenco Has Too Many Vehicles On Site

The Fire Department is saying the number of vehicles on Lenco property is a hazard. Lt. Randy Stein filed a complaint with the Licensing Board saying the company has upward of 100 vehicles on both the Betnr Industrial Drive and Downing Industrial Park locations while the company's auto dealers license only allow for 10 at Downing and 25 at Betnr.

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Adams Adopts Age Friendly Berkshires Resolution

The Selectmen on Wednesday accepted the "Age Friendly Berkshires Resolution" and pledged to make improvements to the town that would make Adams a better place to grow old. Council on Aging Director Erica Girgenti told the board that Adams will be the second community in the county to adopt the policy. By accepting the policy, town pledges to seize opportunities to help older adults live healthy lives and be engaged in their community for as long as possible through improving the physical and

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North Adams Commission OKs Beer & Wine for Concerts

The License Commission on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for selling adult beverages at two upcoming music festivals. The first is for Bright Ideas Brewing to serve beer at the upcoming Levitt AMP North Adams Music Series at Colegrove Park. The concerts, underwritten largely by the Levitt Foundation, bring well-known musicians to play for free in selected communities.

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Jae's Asian Bistro Eyes Move to Pittsfield

Jae's Asian Bistro is moving to Pittsfield. Attorney Jeff Lynch told the Licensing Board on Monday that he expects to have a change in name and manager soon for the former 7 Winter Grille on Winter Street. The building is owned by Susan Chung, who with her husband Jae Chung owner multiple restaurants. The Chungs plan to close the Lenox location of Jae's Asian Bistro and reopen on Winter Street until the name Jae's Grille, according to Lynch.

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North Adams Board Tells Package Store Owner to Get a Manager

The License Commission is putting the brakes on an alcohol license transfer after the proposed new owner of Ed's Variety failed to find a local manager. Will Patel of Westwood had appeared before the commission last month with paperwork naming himself as manager and an assistant who would take over but who was not a U.S. citizen.

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North Adams License Panel Pressing Former Bar Owner on License

The License Commission is looking for clarity on two issues: who will be running a local package store and the intentions of a former tavern owner. The commission is requesting that Todd Hebert indicate his intentions regarding his one-year license for the former Crystal Hard Hat. Hebert had stated he was done with barkeeping after a series of violent incidents at the bar and recently reopened it as an antiques shop.

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Pittsfield Licensing Board Tries to Find Compromise Between Eatery, Neighbors

The Licensing Board is giving a West Housatonic Street restaurant a shot at having live music, despite pleas from the neighbors. Owner Mickey Soldato requested an entertainment license to have acoustic musicians perform on the outdoor patio a couple nights a week. Soldato says the hope is to grow the business, including with later evening patrons, by providing more. However, those who live on Gale Avenue have been there before and it was a nuisance.

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Licensing Board Considers Outdoor Restaurant Seating During Third Thursday

The Office of Cultural Development is considering letting North Street restaurants have outdoor seating during Third Thursday. Shiobbean Lemme of the Office of Cultural Development brought the idea to the Licensing Board Monday in hopes to find the best way to do it. The board said it liked the idea but wanted to see specific plans on how the alcohol service will be controlled by each restaurant.

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New Wine Bar Eyed For Downtown Pittsfield

A new wine bar is planned for downtown. Susan Jansen, who once was part owner of the former Halpins, is looking to open Regions Wine Bar and Nosh in the Crawford Square building. Jansen received a seasonal beer and wine license from the Licensing Board on Monday.

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Pittsfield Crafts Policies For Naming Parks, Alcohol Use

The Parks Commission adopted new policies Tuesday on how to handle events with alcohol, and naming of parks and facilities. For years alcohol wasn't allowed in city parks with the exception of Wahconah Park. But once the newly renovated First Street Common opened, more and more requests have been coming in for events which include serving alcohol. In response to those requests, the Parks Commission has adopted a policy outlining the management of alcohol.

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Pittsfield Board Forcing Sale of Former Debbie Wong's Liquor License

The city is giving the owner of the former Debbie Wong building until the end of June to sell the unused liquor license. John Herbert owns the building on Dalton Avenue, which the restaurant vacated in 2012. He's been trying to find a new tenant, sell the building, or even sell the liquor license separately. But, to no avail. "I don't know how much more I could do at this point," Herbert told the Licensing Board on Monday.

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