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Bass Water Grill is changing hands this week. The restaurant's been in business for 15 years.

New Owner of Bass Water Grill to Move Realty Company to Cheshire

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Lakeside restaurant Bass Water Grill will close its doors on Saturday after 15 years in business. 

The restaurant at 287 South State Road started operation in 2007, replacing the building's former restaurant, the Lakeside. Craig Kahn, owner of All Seasons Realty Group in Pittsfield, is buying the property and plans to move the group's office there and potentially open a cafe.

"I think there's a lot of cool things that we could do with it, too, that will be great for the community," he said this week. "It will be good all around. I think it'll be a really, really nice situation."

Restaurant owner Edward Bassi posted about the change in hands on the restaurant's Facebook last week. 

"After being a part of the welcoming community for the last fifteen years, the one thing we will miss most is our family," the post read. "We thank our staff and community for standing beside us for this crazy ride."

While he said plans are not final, Kahn intends to utilize the kitchen space and wants to make sure he does it right.

"I would like to have some sort of cafe in the front, possibly utilize the back part of the bigger kitchen for some catering or events or things of that nature," he said. "I don't have anything 100 percent set in stone or concrete. Right now, I'm really focused on just getting the office up and running and going."

Kahn said he and his firm have known that the building was for sale for several years. He highlighted the location and the floorplan as significant reasons for the purchase.



"We started thinking about it, and seeing the growth potential, having an open concept office and then working with the town trying to do a cafe possibly in there," he said. "And working with the lake and the trail, it just seemed like an overall good scenario," he said.

iBerkshires unsuccessfully reached out to Bassi several times for comment.

There's been a restaurant at the location for years. Jason Boucher had operated the Lakeside Restaurant for about decade before it changed hands and had overseen a renovation of the kitchen after a fire and added the reception hall in 2002. Bass Water is the last operating sit-down restaurant in Cheshire — Bea's Daily Buzzz closed in 2005, Christina's in 2007, and the Country Charm had closed its doors in 2004 after 33 years.

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Adams Needs $50K To Progress Park Project

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
ADAMS, Mass. — Community Development asked for another $50,000 to finish the Cook Street Park Project, but the select board was hesitant to hand over the cash right away.
 
Community Development Director Eammon Coughlin requested that the select board release $50,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund during their regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21 to tie up some loose ends at the 1 Cook Street Park, the former Hoosac Valley Coal and Grain site.
 
Coughlin said roughly $21,000 is an unavoidable payment the town thought they had covered.
 
The town had a $411,532 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to support the project. They awarded the project  D.F. Lane Landscaping who bid $432,600. They were the lowest bidder.
 
He said his department intended to use Program Income Funds to make up this shortfall. These funds come from the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation Program through the release of leans on homes. Community Development anticipated receiving $35,492 to cover the $21,068 budget gap.
 
"We told everyone under the sun that this was our plan to use these funds to close this funding gap but when we actually submitted the paperwork to the funding agency, they rejected our budget amendment and have directed us to find other town funding," he said.
 
Coughlin suspected that this must be a recent program change that has only impacted the last few CDBG cycles.
 
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