Police have been routinely responding to fights breaking out outside of the establishment this summer. The Selectmen are now saying they'll step in and curb hours or force the restaurant to pay for an officer to be present if it continues.
After purchasing the former Chameleon's on East Street, Harold Tramazzo had hoped to open Hangar Bar and Grill this summer.
And the eyes of many in Pittsfield have been on the building, with people getting excited when the old sign was pulled down, wondering when it would open. Trammazzo said on Wednesday that the building needed more work than he anticipated but the renovations are picking up steam and he now hopes for an October opening.
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.
Steve Fillio has joined the efforts to reopen the Polish Community Club.
The club has been closed since the end of 2014 and members have been trying to re-open since. But, it had many hurdles in its way to get things aligned and now some two years later, the efforts are still ongoing. Fillio has now joined in and is expected to take over managing the bar and he is currently heading efforts to renovate the interior.
Instead of having her liquor license suspended for five days, Methuselah owner Yuki Cohen is donating the profits from those days to a local non-profit.
Methuselah was called before the Licensing Board to answer to an incident on Nov. 25, 2016, when a 17-year-old was drinking at the bar and then was shot moments after right outside of the door. The Licensing Board agreed on Monday to stay a license suspension for a year, meaning if there are any violations in the next year the suspension is a
Hangar of Pittsfield is looking to open by July after receiving the liquor license formerly held by Chameleons.
Harold Tramazzo owns three other Hangar Bar and Grills and is looking to purchase the former Chameleon and open his fourth restaurant there. He told the Licensing Board on Monday that he hopes to close on the purchase of the property in February, renovate the space, and then open in mid-summer.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The License Commission is hoping to be proactive in addressing incidents of intoxication and violence at local establishments, dangling the idea of pulling back closing times.
The commission at its next meeting will consider sending a letter to taverns "talking about late-night service and how that is seeming to become a safety issue," said Chairman Jeffrey Polucci.
The Hot Dog Ranch is expected to open in the former Jimmy's Restaurant building in mid-March.
Manager Craig Benoit told the Licensing Board on Monday that the Linden Street restaurant will close on March 13 and as long as the certificate of occupancy is approved for the West Housatonic Street location, the Hot Dog Ranch will open there on March 17.
"We already had a number of pre-inspections," Benoit said.
The License Board is giving the Crystal Hardhat Saloon 30 days to clean up its act after rash of violent incidents at the Canal Street bar.
Owner Todd Hebert said a permanent solution may be in the offing: turning the bar into an antiques shop.
Licensing Board member Richard Stockwell was in Lach's Lounge on Jan. 23. He left at 10:30 p.m. because he knows that the crowd that arrives after 11 isn't for him.
A few hours later, James Dominguez was murdered in the parking lot next to the bar. Police determined Dominguez was at Lach's Lounge until closing that night and on scene officers say many patrons of Lach's Lounge had been over served.
The junkyard don't like it but the Licensing Board says Pearlman's Recycling doesn't need any additional licenses to buy scrap vehicles, transfer the title to another company, and then resell the parts.
The board decided Monday that the company is in full compliance with state laws regarding automobile graveyards and entered that finding in a complaint brought before the board.