PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A new wine bar is set to open in downtown Pittsfield.
Luke Marion, owner of Otto's on East Street, is in the process of opening Uncorked in the location of the now-closed Regions Bar & Nosh. Marion is in the process of applying for a liquor license and hopes to open the Crawford Square lounge in September.
"We're going to kind of reimagine it a little bit. We are obviously going to focus on wine, probably about 20 wines at a time available. We are going to try to get as much stuff as possible that you can't get in stores," Marion said.
The former Regions is a small location inside Crawford Square with an outside entrance on Depot Steet. Marion envisions doing both wine and craft beers in the small, less than 900 square-foot space, and snack foods. The small snack menu included, cheeses, and small meats.
"We are going to refinish the bar a bit, make it more durable. We're going to throw some paint up to kind of make it our own. We are going to refurnish it — just kind of make it our style," Marion said.
He's also looking to have a little fun in the space. He's looking for hosts to do trivia and considering have music.
"I want to do Cards Against Humanity every Saturday. It will be really awesome to get a group of strangers in a building, maybe 20-30 people, get them a couple glasses of wine and let them loose on the most inappropriate game that I know," Marion said.
Marion has just signed a three-year agreement with building owner Steve Oakes. Marion said Oakes had approached him about finding somebody to fill the space and after a few days, Marion decided it was a good opportunity for him.
"I think we can make it a draw," he said.
Marion said his wife Lindsey will be taking over the management of Uncorked while he remains at Otto's. He expects to hire another bartender and possible some part-time help.
Uncorked will operate as its own wine bar and not so much an extension of Otto's. It is eyed to be open from 4 p.m. until midnight Tuesday through Saturday.
"The only thing we are doing that is a crossover is the smorgasboard that is on our bar menu here. We're going to carry that over there. That's really just a craft plate. It is a plate with pickles, meats, cheeses," Marion said.
Throughout March, Marion plans to spruce the location up while the liquor license is being processed. Marion said he is on the Licensing Board's agenda this month and then the timeline will depend on the state Alcohol Beverage Control Commission.
"I'm really hoping by Labor Day but we'll see," he said.
Regions was open for about two years and only recently closed.
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