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Patrick's Pub, a landmark for nearly 40 years on Bank Row, is on the market.

Patrick's Pub For Sale After Almost 40 Years in Business

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The owners of the popular Patrick's Pub, the Powell family, have decided to sell the business after 20 years of running and then owning it.

The decision was announced on the pub's Facebook page on Friday.

"We have been so very lucky to work alongside simply the best people and we have made so many dear friends in our community through the years," the post read. "It hasn’t always been easy, and of course, the decision to sell certainly was an emotional one, but we truly feel this is the right time for us."

Patrick's will remain open for regular business hours.

The eatery at 26 Bank Row is listed for sale at$289,000. The listing is for the business, not the building that it is in.

The selling points that are highlighted include a fully equipped kitchen and ample storage, a prime downtown location surrounded by offices and cultural venues, and the pub's history as "serving happy patrons for almost 40 years."

Business Manager Shana Powell told iBerkshires they are looking to sell as soon as possible.

"We've been doing this for a really, really long time, it's been 20 years that we've been owners, and we worked there for many years prior to that, and we have three kids, my husband and I, we have a lot going on and it's a very exhausting business," she said.

"We love the customers, we love our staff but it's a lot, it's a lot of hours, it's a lot, we knew we didn't want to do this forever and kind of taking into account the difficulties of the past couple years with COVID and what the future may hold, we just thought that our time was better spent focusing on our family and maybe trying another avenue in terms of career."

Powell said that with selling, her biggest concern is Patrick's employees.

"We have to have two of our managers that have been with us for so many years, and we would be nowhere without them," she added. "So they're one of my main concerns along with the rest of our staff."

She reiterated that the pub will be open for regular hours throughout the process.

The bar opened in 1985 and the current proprietors gained complete ownership in 2008. Over the years, the restaurant has expanded to the space next door, adding a banquet room.

Patrick's is known for its family-friendly environment, wide selection of beers, and chicken wings that are said to be "always fresh, never frozen."

The Powell family also owned the now defunct Jay Allen's Clubhouse Grille on North Street, which shut its doors in 2019.  Though the business its self is shut down, the Powells still hold the liquor license which is able to be sold.

Similar to Patrick's, they owned the business and not the building.

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By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

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Director of Community Development Deanna Ruffer and former Director of Public Health Gina Armstrong will share the one full-time position as co-managers.

Mayor Linda Tyer on Monday informed the City Council by email that Ruffer would be resigning from her current post in early to mid-February to take on this new role.

Rather than a resignation, Ruffer sees this as a transition. Armstrong resigned from her position in September, citing a need for more balance in her life and to spend more time with her family.

In the fall, the special projects manager position was created to oversee the city's allocation of ARPA funding. It will likely only be in place over the next five years, until the spending deadline in 2026, and will be paid in full through the ARPA funds.

"I am very excited to transition from the city's Community Development Director Position to co-special project manager for the City's American Rescue Plan program. This opportunity coincides with a personal desire to adjust my work-life balance to allow me to spend more time with family and pursuing personal interests," Ruffer wrote to iBerkshires in an email.

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