It is the first step in what the owners say will be a full renovation of the store. Earlier this week, the Licensing Board approved the sale of an unused beer and wine liquor license — previously owned by Shreeji Krishna LLC, which has since received an all-alcohol license and no longer needs the beer and wine — to Lipton Mart for its North Street location.
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.
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.
The former Chameleons is poised to become Hangar Pub and Grill.
Hangar of Pittsfield will be before the Licensing Board next week asking to received the liquor license from the property owners. Hangar is owned by Harold Tramazzo, out of Westfield, who owns Hangar Bar and Grill in Amherst.
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.
Robert Putnam, interim superintendent of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, wants to better communication between the towns and the school district.
Putnam, hired in May to lead the district as it searched for a permanent replacement, introduced himself to town officials at last week's Board of Selectmen meeting.
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.