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.
Bigg Daddy's Philly Steak House brings a little piece of Philadelphia to Berkshire County with a list of inspired steaks, hoagies, burgers and wings.
Philadelphia native Xavier Jones said he wanted to bring something special to the area, something natives may have never really experienced in its true form.
The restaurant under manager Justin Jowett will be open from 11 to 10 Monday through Thursday; 11 to 11 on Friday and Saturday; and 11 to 9 on Sunday. Home delivery is expected to begin after the holidays.
Bagels Too is closing after nearly 30 years.
Owner Susan Gordon said she was unable to secure a new lease and will close in early 2017. Gordon has run the downtown eatery since 1987. But she has been looking to sell the store and retire. She is currently looking for a new downtown location.
Pizza has returned to the corner of Main and Eagle streets with the opening of Bella Roma on Friday.
Bella Roma owner Ilyas Ozdemir said when he saw that Supreme Pizza closed and the location was vacant he could not pass up the opportunity.
The board had latched onto a problematic clause in the bylaws that allowed it to dismiss a special permit if approving it would lead to "deterioration of properties" because of a saturation of similar commercial activities. But on Tuesday, it unanimously approved the special permit for Xing Li to operate a restaurant at 131 Columbia St. — a building away from a similar proposed eatery.
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.
Mingo's Sports Bar & Grill on Roberts Drive is getting a new owner. But don't expect too much change.
"We're really going to focus on the quality of the food coming out of the back," said Matt Moore, currently going through a training process with Mingo's as he learns the business. "It's always been good but I think we can always improve."
A potential Asian fusion restaurant owner seeking a special permit at Tuesday's Zoning Board of Appeals was upstaged — by another potential Asian fusion restaurant owner just two doors away.
The first was Xing Li, who had applied to operate a restaurant at 131 Columbia St., the former Berkshire County Stove property.
Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. Frank "Maurice" Savino loved the small Italian eateries, where the chef knew his name, what he liked, and always had something new on the menu.
When he moved to the Berkshire a decade ago, that intimate setting is something he missed. Last month, he opened up his own shop on North Street which provides lunch, dinner, and to-go items all homemade that day and with a personal touch.
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.
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.
A pair of veteran restaurateurs are bringing traditional Korean and Japanese cuisine and sushi to the city.
The Korean Garden at 139 Ashland St. opened more than a week ago in the former Red Sauce location.
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.