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Chick's on Columbia Street will become the Pine Brook Pub.

New Owners of Chicks Bar & Grill Get License Transfer

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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The new owners of Chicks update the Selectmen on their plans for the property.
ADAMS, Mass. — The Selectmen have approved the transfer of an all-alcohol license to the new owners of the former Chicks Bar and Grill.
The new owners of the nearly century-old business went before the full board Wednesday to seek the transfer and update officials on their plans to reopen the pub. 
Tammie Shafer, who owns the 128 Columbia St. property with her husband, Trent, plan to rebrand the bar as the Pine Brook Pub and have plans to overhaul the menu. 
"We really want this to be a neighborhood establishment for all of Adams and the people in the neighborhood," she said. "That is why we picked the name because of Pine Street and the Pine Brook that runs through."
She added that they also plan to serve more craft beers.
"We are refreshing it and we will have a new format," Shafer said. "We want it to be more of an eatery with a bar, opposed to bar with bar food."
Former owner Dennis Knapp, operating as Densue Inc., had the bar on the market for some time after running it for nearly 20 years. The tavern has operated since at least the 1930s first as Chick's Cafe and later Chick's Lunch.
Shafer said they have been busy making some renovations and have removed the pool tables and games to make way for more seating.
"We have been super busy," she said. "We have been putting a lot of work into it."
Shafer plans to open later in the fall and the Selectmen wished her well in the endeavor.
"I wish you the best of luck ... I know you all very well and I know you will put your heart and soul into it," Selectman Joseph Nowak said.
The board held a second hearing to approve the all-alcohol package store license transfer for O'Geary's Package Store on 60 Commercial St. to Chehar Corp.
Chehar Corp representatives said they plan to keep the same name and same hours of operations.
The group purchased the entire plot that includes the redemption center and a closed used car lot. One of the principals of Chehar Corp, who attended the meeting, said they have no plans to use these other properties at the time and are just focused on the package store.
James Geary opened the store in the early 2000s and the family has operated the establishment since.

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Adams Selectmen See Different Tax Rate Scenarios

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — If the town sticks with a split tax rate at the same shift as this year, residents could be looking at a 49 cent increase over this year’s rate.
Assessor Donna MacDonald went over possible tax rate scenarios for fiscal 2020 at the Selectmen's workshop on Wednesday. The board will vote on the tax classifications next week.
MacDonald said the total amount to be raised for the fiscal 2020 budget is $16,083,959. Subtracting estimated receipts of $5,054,868 brings this amount to $11,029,090. Debt exclusion has been pulled out of this number.
Dividing this by the total valuation of $516,763,257 sets a single tax rate of $22.60. Last year’s single tax rate would have been $22.08.
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