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Chez Nous Donates $900 to Berkshire Humane Society

Chez Nous raised $900 for the Berkshire Humane Society with a vegan pop-up and continues to host fundraising "Community Nights" when a portion of proceeds go to local charities.

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Pittsfield's Thistle & Mirth Expands as Ramen Restaurant

The currently closed Thistle and Mirth pub is reopening as a spacious ramen restaurant and bar by taking over the abutting space that formerly housed Berkshire Print Shop on West Street

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Campaign Aims to Help North Berkshire Families, Restaurants

The "win-win" fund-raiser raises funds through a Gofundme campaign that will be turned into vouchers for $50 that can be redeemed at participating restaurants. Donors' contributions therefore benefit both the families, who receive meals, and the restaurants, who get the money to help carry them through the difficult economic times.

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Pittsfield Board of Health OKs Indoor Dining

The Board of Health on Wednesday rescinded the ban imposed on Nov. 12 and issued new guidance that changes the maximum seating to six people per table from 10.

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Tyer Offers Compromise That Would Restore Indoor Dining

A group of about 25 eatery owners pressed Mayor Linda Tyer to lift the ban on indoor dining instituted on Nov. 12 after a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases, some of which could traced back to gatherings at several local restaurants.

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Pittsfield Restaurant Owners Want Dining Suspension Lifted

On Monday, Hot Dog Ranch owner Craig Benoit stood outside City Hall with the support of other restaurant owners to ask that Mayor Linda Tyer comes out and have a conversation about the ban enacted on Nov. 12 after a dramatic spike in novel coronavirus cases.

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Mayor Announces a Restaurant Rapid Response Grant Program

The Restaurant Rapid Response Grant program will offer up to $5,000 to eligible restaurants to help with rent, mortgage, utilities, payroll, supplies, and inventory.

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Pittsfield Eateries Prepare for Another Long Indoor Dining Shutdown

Luke Marion, owner of Otto's Kitchen & Comfort, announced on Nov. 11, just one day before the city suspended indoor dining, that Otto's would be offering delivery and takeout only because of the recent uptick in cases.

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Two Popular Restaurants Temporarily Closed Due to COVID-19

With the recent uptick of COVID-19 cases in Berkshire County, two well-frequented restaurants have temporarily shut their doors because of exposure to the virus. Both said they wanted to be transparent to their customers and staff about what had happened.

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Pittsfield Licensing Board Ratifies Outdoor Dining Extension

In June, the Licensing Board voted unanimously to give Campoli the ability to independently act upon applications to expand restaurant service outdoors.

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Flavours of Malaysia Announces Closing In December

Owners Sabrina Tan and Chin Lee said they were staying open long enough to allow them to pay off their debts and for any gift certificate holders to use them.

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Pittsfield Downtown Experimenting With 'Pod' Dining

In partnership with Berkshire Bank, Downtown Pittsfield Inc., and nonprofit green energy organization SolarFi, three of SolarFi's patented Prive pods will be installed for the use of local restaurants.

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North Adams Gains $44K MassDOT Grant to Expand Outdoor Dining

The city has received a $44,483 grant from the state's Shared Streets and Spaces Program to promote outdoor dining in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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New Drive-Thru Eatery, Classic Car Business Approved in North Adams

The proprietors of the popular Freight Yard Pub were approved for a new venture in the former Dairy Queen on Curran Highway.

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Pittsfield Taco Bell to Move Across Street

Some commissioners wanted some more time with the application and Commissioner Jonathan Lothrop asked for a continuance.

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Williamstown Won't Attempt Street Closure Saturday

After hearing more testimony from a local business owner at Monday's meeting, the members of the Select Board showed no interest in going through with the plan to allow outdoor dining and shopping in downtown between 4 and 10 p.m.

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Spring Street Will Be Closed Saturday for Outdoor Dining

At the end of Monday's more than 2 1/2-hour meeting of the Select Board, Chair Jane Patton announced that the street will be closed from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

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Limited Indoor Dining, Nail Salons Can Resume on Monday

Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday morning said the second step in Phase 2 of Reopening Massachusetts would commence on June 22, allowing for some inside dining, close contact person services, fitting rooms by appointment and increasing the occupancy percentage of offices.

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Williamstown Making No Plans for On-Street Dining

Town Manager Jason Hoch last month floated the idea of temporary closures during limited hours as a way to help local businesses recover from the closures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MassDOT Offering Municipal Grants to Outdoor Dining, Mobility

Towns and cities trying to aid businesses in reopening will have access to some $5 million in grants through the state Department of Transportation.

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Adams Preparing For Outside Dining

Restaurants have been limited to take out and delivery since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. The reopening plan is great news for an industry that, according to the National Restaurant Association, lost a total of $80 billion in sales and over 5 million jobs in March and April alone because of the global pandemic.

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Pittsfield to Expedite Restaurant Outdoor Expansion

The licensing board voted unanimously Monday to give Chairman Thomas Campoli the ability independently act upon applications to expand restaurant service outdoors.

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Successful Start to Outdoor Service at Williamstown Diner

Moonlight Diner owner Mike Ameen said he has been doing about 20 percent of his usual business during the pandemic. He hopes the switch from take-out to table service will help.

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State Releases Guidelines for Opening Hotels, Restaurants in Phase 2

The commonwealth Friday issued guidance for the reopening of hotels and restaurants, an event that could happen as soon as early June.

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North Adams Making Second Try to Find Restaurant for Airport

Administrative Officer Michale Canales told the Airport Commission Tuesday that the city has rejected the lone response to the recently released RFP and will try again in the Spring.

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