NA License Board OKs Package Store Transfer, Licenses
The iBerkshires.com reports the North Adams Licensing Board has approved the transfer of the package store license from Ed's Variety to Honey Beer & Wine Inc.
Matthew Porter, attorney for Honey Beer, and Sureshkumar Patel of Pittsfield appeared for the board on Tuesday. Porter said this would be a straightforward transfer.
"Mr. Patel is the president of Honey Beer and Wine and he will also be the license manager," Porter said.
All of his employees will be Training for Intervention Procedures certified as well, he said, and there were no planned alterations to the existing business.
Ed's Variety is located at 54 Union St., at the Five Corners. operated by Edward Newman
The purchase is for $310,000 total, including inventory, with Honey Beer leasing the property from Honey North Adams LLC, which will hold the real estate.
The board also approved an alteration of premise for Mohawk Hospitality LLC, doing business locally as Porches Inn at 231 River St., that will extend the inn's alcohol license to the new reception building on Veazie Street. Board members, however, asked for an amendment that would more clearly show the parcel's position relative to the current inn, saying the floor plan provided did not do that, and that the application be amended to more clearly show position in the management agreement.
Berkshire Hills Development Co. LLC had purchased four parcels along Veazie Street two years and demolished two buildings on them to make room for a gathering center for Porches' customers.
Abuttors to the Inn attended the meeting over concerns of noise or partying at the new venue. General Manager Melahat Karakaya said the space would be open only to inn guests and would be used for private events, largely with Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and to serve breakfast.
In other business, the board:
• Approved two one-day licenses for Greylock Works. The first is for a masquerade party on Saturday, Nov. 2, and the second for the annual Festive artisan fair on Saturday, Nov. 23. The masquerade hours are 8 to midnight and the fair from 10 to 4.
Owner Salvatore Perry said the events will run the same as in the past with security checking identification for admission to the 21 and older Halloween party.
• Approved an entertainment license for the Norad Mill. The mill, which houses an array of businesses, also has a reception area called 3 West that can be used for events such as receptions, craft fairs, performances and weddings. The license was approved for 7 a.m. to midnight.
• Briefly discussed the status of Draper's Wine And Spirits, which closed a few months ago. The board wishes to know the intentions of the owner in order to preserve the license. The city by statute should only have three all-alcohol licenses but this fourth one is grandfathered and the board does not wish to lose it.