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Lach's Lounge Shutting Down For Good

Lach's Lounge is shutting down after three troubling years with violence. The bar on Fenn Street will remain closed following yet another hearing with the Licensing Board. Owner Michael Kruger told the board that he plans to shut down and the Licensing Board approved an indefinite license suspension to allow him to sell the license to someone else.

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Police Call For Revocation Of Lach's Lounge Liquor License

Police are asking the Licensing Board to shut down Lach's Lounge. Lach's Lounge is currently shut down until mid-November when it will have a hearing before the Licensing Board after a police investigation into a shooting and alleged drug dealing. The latest pile onto a lengthy history of instances at the bar and for that, Police have asked for the liquor license to be revoked.

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Licensing Board Puts A-Mart On Warning Following May Incident

Selling alcohol to an already intoxicated individual is against the law and, while the man was walking and not driving, the Licensing Board felt it posed a hazard. Licensing Board member Richard Stockwell said the severely intoxicated man could have easily been struck by a vehicle on that end of North Street.

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Licensing Board Cautious About Allowing Sportsman's To Stay Open Later

Neighbors of the Sportsman's Cafe are objecting to the owner's pitch to once again stay open until 2 a.m. Owner Neal Marshall has been closing the bar at 11 and has petitioned the Licensing Board to stay open until 2 a.m. as it had in the past. But, neighbors say the late nights in the past have lead to people arguing in the streets, littering, urinating in public, and illegal parking. Craig Rand spoke on behalf of the neighbors and the nuisances were a constant when t

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North Adams Alcohol Retailers Will See Compliance Checks This Summer

Instead, the coalition's NB21 prevention program found younger children were more likely to access alcohol in the home or through acquaintances than attempt underage purchases. But that doesn't mean compliance checks of retailers still aren't important.

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Owner of Nudel Looks to Reopen The Lantern in Pittsfield

The chef and owner of Nudel, in Lenox, is looking to re-open the Lantern. The Licensing Board gave its approval for Bjorn Somlo to take over the liquor license. The property is being bought by Mill Town Capital, under 449 North Street RE, LLC., and Somlo is hoping to re-open the restaurant

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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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