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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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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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