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Mission was popular for its regular jazz performances.

Mission Restaurant to Close at the End of the Month

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. —After 15 years on North Street, Mission Restaurant will be closing its doors on Halloween.
 
The news was announced in a Facebook post on Sunday.
 
"We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all our patrons for making Mission such an incredible part of downtown Pittsfield through the years. A special thank you to our team members, past and present, who brought their passion and talents to the restaurant shift after shift – though our chapter together may be closing, the memories and experiences we've shared are timeless," the post read.
 
"Finally, we would like to thank all musicians for bringing so much joy to our bar + dining area. We will always remember the rich legacy of live music you left behind in the window as we walk by 438 North St."
 
The eatery is known for having regular music —often jazz— as well as its unique menu offerings and cozy atmosphere.  It was initially opened by Jenny Benson in 2007 and was bought by Mill Town Capital during the pandemic.
 
The community is encouraged to come in and say its goodbyes to Mission for the remainder of the month.

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