PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The License Board approved a seasonal wine and malt for a new East Street pizzeria.
The board approved license last Wednesday for the "Crust" moving into 505 East St., site of the former Daddyo's Diner.
"I really thought the application was thorough and I didn't see any issues with it," board member Kathleen Amuso said.
"Everything will be made on the premise from the dough to the sauces," owner James Cervone said. "Everything."
Cervone said he currently owns the frozen yogurt shop Ayelada next to the proposed pizzeria and he and his wife look to expand their business.
They plan to be able to sit 40 people for casual dining and will only serve pizza.
Cervone said they do not plan to hire waitstaff but rely on an assembly line where patrons can pick out what they want to eat and then grab a bottle of beer or wine.
"I don't expect it to even be a high-volume item. We thought we might as well apply for the license as we are doing our buildout so we have the option," he said. "We are not even 100 percent if we are going to do this but it is highly likely we will"
He said they plan to be open every day from 11 to 9.
Chairman Thomas Campoli pointed out that there only a certain amount of seasonal package stores allowed in the city according to the city charter but this quota limitation does not apply to seasonal pouring licenses for which Cervone is applying.
"We still have to determine if it is the overall public interest and the overall public good and that is the same analysis we do in respect to any license application," he said. "We consider the nature of the business, the location of the business, the background of the applicant and form that we make a decision."
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Berkshire Theatre Group to Present 'Godspell' Outdoors
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Theatre Group will produce "Godspell" this summer – the first musical in the United States to be approved by Actors' Equity Association in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The show will be presented outdoors in an open-air tent adjacent to The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, and is scheduled to run Aug. 6 through Sept. 4. Tickets will be available for purchase Tuesday, July 7, at noon.
"We could not bear the thought of a Berkshire summer without live theater to support our community, so we jumped through every hoop to create a safe way to make this happen," said BTG Board of Trustees Co-President Lee Perlman. "I hope our production gives hope to the tens of thousands of theater professionals who are on the sidelines this summer. Theater is unstoppable and will be back”
Artistic director and CEO Kate Maguire said "Godspell" got the green light after BTG established a strict protocol to protect the health and safety of the audience, the performers and others involved in the show.
"We have been working daily and in the true spirit of care and collaboration with Actors’ Equity Association for the past several weeks," she said. "Guided by Executive Director of Actors’ Equity Association Mary McColl and her extraordinary team, I have learned much about how to lead a theater in the new world. Our industry, which has been devastated by this global pandemic, will be served by their seriousness, data driven wisdom, and profound understanding of the need for artists to rebuild.
"I am so proud that Berkshire Theatre Group, in its 92nd season will be authorized and granted the responsibility to produce the musical 'Godspell.'”
After careful consideration with the local and state government, Mayor Linda Tyer of Pittsfield and Actors’ Equity Association, BTG relocated "Godspell" from its original site at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge to outside under a tent at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.
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