NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Desperados Mexican Restaurant is set to reopen on Thursday under new management.
A sign announcing the reopening went up on the door of the Eagle Street restaurant on Tuesday, more than two weeks after the business temporarily suspended operations.
The announcement was made by the new team of chef Chris Bonnivier of Adams and his partners Sandra Lopez Nieves and Joseph Bevilacqua.
"Our vision is to continue the current menu, but make a few improvements that best showcase both Sandra and Joseph's talents," said Bonnivier in a press release. "I am very excited to take on another project close to home and am eager to again keep the 20-plus year tradition of Desperadoes that David Atwell created for a family fun atmosphere with great quality of food and beverages. My partners Sandra and Joseph will draw much inspiration from their Puerto Rican heritage and deliver a consistent quality product that Desperados has been known for many years."
Bonnivier's appeared on the Food Network and worked in a number of high-end hotels including the The Adelphi House in Saratoga, N.Y., and the former Gala in the Orchards.
His role in this project will be investor and consultant. Bevilacqua will be the chef and Lopez Nieves will be managing the front of house operations.
Bonnivier is purchasing the business from Pete Oleskewicz, who's owned the eatery for about five years. Oleskewicz has been facing a number of health challenges and felt it best to move on from the restaurant.
"I truly love this restaurant. The staff and community have been tremendously amazing. It was a really tough decision to make, but I feel it was best for everyone. I am thrilled to have such an amazing group of people take Desperados to the next level," said Oleskewicz.
The restaurant's been on Eagle Street for about a dozen years and was first opened by David Atwell. Oleskewicz, vice president of the City Council, said he will be focusing his time and energy on Miss Adams Diner, which he opened earlier this year.
On Sept. 4, Oleskewicz posted on Facebook that Desperados would temporarily suspend operations and try to restructure. "There are many reasons and layers that led to this decision. It is not what I wanted to do but it is best for business and my personal health," he wrote.
The restaurant has faced a number of challenges since the beginning of the pandemic, with the primary one being staffing. Bonnivier says he is very confident that they can address these challenges with chef Joseph and Sandra at the helm they will take head on and deliver quality service and a menu that is enjoyed by all.
Berkshires born, Bonnivier has more than 40 years of experience in two- and three-Michelin starred restaurants. His expertise ranges from fine dining to food trucks.
He is well known for his features on Food Network's "Beat Bobby Flay" and "Chopped." He has been involved with culinary ventures across the country while working for a few top-level celebrity chefs like David Burke and two-star Michelin chef Terrance Brennan, as well as the David Burke group NYC, Cranwell Resort Spa & Golf Club in Lenox, L' Hostellerie Bressane in Hillsdale, N.Y., The Hermitage Resort & Club in Wilmington, Vt., and the former Orchards.
Bonnivier is often traveling from Basin Harbor,Vt., to the Berkshires to New York City and many other places in between with his C&L hospitality consultants but also in his Full Belly Food Truck.
Nieves and Bevilacqua are originally from Isabella, Puerto Rico, and were formerly involved with La Casita in Wilmington and The Hermitage, where Bevilacqua worked with Bonnivier. Nieves also managed the front of house at La Casita where they featured authentic Mexican cuisine and a wide range of Mexican beer and liquors. They are very well known in Southern Vermont for their high quality standards for food and beverages in a comfortable atmosphere.
The have three daughters, Tatianna, Alejandra and Alanna, and live in Southern Vermont.
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The annual Fall Foliage Leaf hunt, a traditional and popular feature that kicks off Fall Foliage Festival Week, starts today, Saturday.
This year the committee has revealed that there will be 15 colorful leaves hidden in Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, North Adams and Williamstown.
When a leaf is found it should be brought to Pedrin's Dairy Bar during normal operating hours to claim a prize. One prize per household please. Prizes are generously donated by area merchants including Pedrin's, Boston Sea Foods, Craft Food Barn, Planet Fitness, Big Y, North Adams Historical Society, North Adams MoviePlex 8, Walmart and Wild Oats.
A second set of clues will be announced in the event of unclaimed leaves.
The goal was announced at the nonprofit's annual meeting Wednesday, held at the 3 West events space in the Norad Mill. The co-chairs will be Rebecca Gold Cellana and Jason Dohaney, former NBUW board president.
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All alterations will be in the interior and on the first floor for full accessibility. He anticipated no change in traffic since the mill has studios and businesses in it that see people coming and going and there's a large parking lot across the street from the mill.
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This Friday and Saturday, community members can browse the sale offerings at St. Elizabeth's Parish Center, participate in the silent auction and purchase books that range in price from 25 cents to $3.
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