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Selectwoman Christine Hoyt stands with new Ale House owners Robert Williams, Jen and Bill Lander, and Selectmen James Bush and Joseph Nowak.

Adams Ale House Holds Grand Opening

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Ale House held its grand reopening on Tuesday night with help from members of the Board of Selectmen. 
 
The pub on Hoosac Street had been closed for nearly a year before new owners Robert Williams and Jen and Bill Lander opened in July. The restaurant now has a  full menu and weekly live entertainment.
 
Selectmen arrived on Tuesday with a pair of giant scissors in hand and a red ribbon to officially wish the new Adams Ale House owners the best of luck. The board's making a tradition of celebrating the opening, and reopenings, of new businesses with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
 
"We would like to thank you for investing in our town and we wish you the best of luck," Selectwoman Christine Hoyt said. "Congratulations."
 
The former Saints Hall was purchased and renovated by Erik Pizani and Nathan Girard in 2013. It was closed last year for what the owners said was re-staffing and renovations but never reopened.
 
Williams and the Landers took over after Girard informed the Selectmen in February that he planned to lease the building.
 
They stuck with the Adams Ale House name and held a soft opening in July to test the waters but since then have expanded their menu and offerings. 
 
"It has been good. We are now serving lunch and we now have a full menu," Jen Lander said. "Everyone has been patient with us and we have been getting good reviews, so it has been a good process."
 
Lander added that they will also hold a bingo night and there will be weekly live entertainment. More information can be found on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
 
Williams said the town has been very accommodating. 
 
"They have been wonderful," he said. "We couldn’t have asked for a better community to come into."
 
Lander added that the townspeople themselves have been very supportive.
 
"Adams has been great throughout this entire process and the town itself has been wonderful," she said. "The customers themselves are happy to have us back and that has been a wonderful feeling to be new to the area but as though you have been welcomed home."
 
The Adams Ale House is located at 8-10 Hoosac St. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11:30 to 10, with the bar open until midnight. For more information: adamsalehouse.com.

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Adams Selectmen Hear From Ale House Owner

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Staff

Nate Girard explains his predicament to the Selectmen on Wednesday.
ADAMS, Mass. — Nate Girard and his longtime friend Erik Pizani decided to buy the Saint Stanislaus Kostka Hall in 2012. The property had a rich history in town and most people had memories of bowling, playing pitch, attending a wedding, or just sitting at an old red leather stool and enjoying a cheap beer.
 
The two partners, along with another investor, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars bringing the structure up to code and restoring the bar and kitchen. The Adams Ale House was born. Both of them ran the restaurant, bought houses, had kids, went into real estate together, and celebrated the boom and even the bust times. 
 
Pizani eventually left the restaurant business and left Girard as the sole owner of the building. Girard decided to lease the restaurant space to focus solely on real estate and his young family. The new operators didn't last long in a tough restaurant market and went out of business in December 2018.
 
The building on East Hoosac Street has sat unused since then. Girard has it listed it on several sources and is still hopeful he can find a taker. The idle liquor license he still holds, however, has become an issue for the town.
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