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The former Johnny's Beach Club is on the market after the new owners determined too much work was required to open a restaurant there.

Owners Look to Sell Former Johnny's Beach Club Property

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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The Licensing Board had a fairly short meeting on Monday. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The plug has been pulled on the proposed Barcelona Tapas and Bar and the owners now plan to sell the Wahconah Street property.
Wahconah Street LLC's attorney Jeffrey Lynch told the Licensing Board on Monday that owners no longer plan to open but instead want to improve the 87 Wahconah St. property in hopes of selling it.
"It is essentially too rough," Lynch said. "It is in need of a new roof, exterior needs siding work, and the interior, although they started renovation, it needs to be cleaned up more."
Suzanne Chung, a partner with numerous restaurants including Jae's Bistro, Vongs, and 7 Winter Grill, and Oscar Amaya had planned to open a Spanish regional tapas restaurant at the former Johnny's Beach Club that they purchased in 2017.
Lynch said the all-alcohol license was transferred in 2018 but plans to open this summer were deterred by the condition of the property and it was placed on the market in the spring. It is listed for $295,000.
Lynch said they do plan to make improvements to the location to make it more sellable.
"At this point, the offers they have received are too low to make it viable for sale," he said. "So the plan is to raise the value of the property and the look of the neighborhood and hopefully find a new buyer."
A contractor has been hired and building permits should be pulled in the coming weeks. He said they hope to finish up renovations in October. 
Lynch did note if they cannot sell the property, they may come before the board again to inquire about opening it themselves.
The Licensing Board only asked to be kept in the loop and that Lynch return to the October meeting to provide another update.
In other business, the board approved John Biotta's request for a class II used auto dealer's vehicle license. He plans to sell used vehicles at John's Automotive at 165 Wahconah St.
The board also approved MRM Samel's Deli and Catering request to specify where alcohol will be stored on the premises. This is a stipulation of the catering license the restaurant is applying for.
The board approved a change of manager request from Chili's Grill & Bar and a request from Berkshire Automotive Repair and Sales for a change of location form 111 West Housatonic St. to 607 West Housatonic Street.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Equestrian Center to Host Horse Show Benefiting Berkshire Humane Society

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After 25 years of hosting the Berkshire Humane Society Horse Show, Overmeade Farm has passed the reins to the Berkshire Equestrian Center in Richmond. Through the support of the Hart Family and Overmeade Farm, the horse show has raised more than $250,000 during the lifetime of the event. Berkshire Humane Society is excited to begin a new partnership with Berkshire Equestrian Center.

This event is recognized by the Western New England Professional Horseman's Association. Riders participate in hunter and equitation classes, both on the flat and over fences. The show offers riders of all ages and skills an opportunity to compete while helping raise critical funds that support the programs and services of Berkshire Humane Society. BHS has provided care to thousands of homeless animals over the past 27 years, and the horse show is one event that makes this lifesaving work possible.

Divisions to be held include: Short/Long Stirrup, Baby Green Hunter, Low/Adult Hunter, Novice Hunter, Pre-Children’s/Adult Equitation, Junior/Amateur Hunter, Children’s Equitation, Pony Hunter, Children’s Hunter Horse, Modified Junior Equitation, Junior Equitation, Adult Equitation, among others.

"We are so excited that the horse show has returned," said John Perreault, executive director for BHS. "This event is a great way for people of all ages to combine their love of horses and their compassion for all companion animals. We cannot thank Overmeade Farm and Berkshire Equestrian Center enough for their support. The Hart Family has made this event what it is today, and we’re thankful that Sarah Hogue at Berkshire Equestrian Center wants to continue this summer tradition that celebrates horses and helps homeless pets."

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