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Pittsfield Restaurant Owner Buys Patrick’s Pub / iBerkshires.com


PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Patrick’s Pub will continue to operate under the ownership of a familiar face in the local restaurant industry.

On Monday, the Licensing Board approved two license transfers and a manager change for Patrick’s Pub. John McNinch, the former owner of The Olde Heritage Tavern and owner of 101 Restaurant and Bar, is under contract to buy the popular eatery.

McNinch, who was unable to attend the hearing, will be the new manager. The pub had its seven-day licenses for all liquor and sidewalk cafes transferred to the new owner. It was also approved for an hour increase from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Solicitor Jeff Lynch – representing McNinch Restaurant Group LLC – said there was no immediate intention to extend the pub’s opening hours, but the owners would like to have that discretion to be consistent with others surrounding restaurants.

Although ownership will change, the intention is to preserve the restaurant’s ambience of nearly 40 years.

“We plan to do a similar type of food, we will put our own twist on it with some changes, but the vast majority of the menu and the staff will hopefully all be the same depending on whether the staff wants to stay,” The son and McNinch’s business partner, Tucker McNinch, explained.

“We plan to keep the same to keep that iconic Patrick feel because obviously he’s a stalwart of Pittsfield so I wouldn’t want to play with something that isn’t broken.”

In the fall, the former Powell family owners decided to sell the business after 20 years of operation and then own it.

The 26 Bank Row business was originally listed at $289,000; it does not include the building that Patrick’s opened as a bar in 1985 and whose current owners acquired full ownership in 2008. Over the years the restaurant has expanded into the adjoining space, adding a hall banquet.

Lynch highlighted McNinch’s experience in the hospitality industry over the past two decades.

After closing the Olde Heritage last year, the family business has announced its venture with 101 Restaurant and Bar, aiming to serve a slightly savory take on the American cuisine they are known for.

This restaurant has been open for a few months.

“It’s clear that Patrick’s has been a real mainstay, an iconic landmark right in the center of the city of Pittsfield,” said chairman Thomas Campoli.

In other news, the council has heard of two local restaurants that have had disruptions requiring law enforcement.

A hearing of Pepper Dining Inc. doing business as Chili’s Grill and Bar continued until the February hearing so that the committee had time to review video evidence of a man apparently in a state of illness. inebriation causing a disturbance in December.

After less than two beers, the man allegedly started arguing and was cut off at the bar. Staff members present said his behavior escalated and he was eventually escorted out by the general manager, who got into a fight with him after other customers triggered his anger.

The board was disappointed to receive a heavily redacted account of what happened from the police department. Captain Michael Grady said the nature of the report is due to the fact that the man was arrested later that night after police were dispatched to his home and it is an ongoing investigation .

He did not give details about the individual or the nature of his arrest.

In conflicting reports, a member of staff on duty told police officer Anthony Dayton that the man appeared intoxicated when he arrived, but the general manager and kitchen manager denied that claim, saying staff said the client seemed “good” before the escalation.

The board discussed the incident with police and Chili staff who were present for over half an hour. They then decided to deliberate whether the restaurant was serving an apparently intoxicated person and was at fault after watching cellphone video recorded by another patron at the event.

The video will be sent to each board member in the meantime.

The board also filed a hearing for CT Colvin Inc. doing business as Crossroads Cafe for a number of disturbances for which the police were called.

Police have been dispatched to the bar four times since August and say the owners have cooperated fully each time.

At the end of November, a large fight – described as a melee – broke out, emergency medical services were called for a man and a Shotspotter activation occurred in the area outside the bar. Grady said police believe there were shots fired by a group of people who were turned away and the incident is being investigated.

The owners believe it was the same group of people who caused the unrest and have put in place a number of measures to prevent future problems, including reduced hours, additional staff and improved surveillance and security. They said they were revamping their business model as well.

The council and the police found that they were determined to solve these problems. They have been advised to ensure that the authorities are called whenever there is unrest.

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