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Council OKs BYOB But Eyes Regulations
Tammy Daniels,
11:38PM / Tuesday, July 12, 2011

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Big Shirl's Kitchen was given the go-ahead to allow its customers to bring in their own beer and wine but the City Council will be looking at ways to regulate the practice.

The council on Tuesday referred a request to create an ordinance related to customers bringing their own beer or wine to dining establishments to the General Government Committee. The issue was brought to the council by Mayor Richard Alcombright on behalf of big Shirl's owners Renee and Mark Lapier.

The Lapiers have recently extended their hours to offer dinner and want to allow BYOB, or "bring your own bottle." The city solicitor said the practice is legal and the License

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Desperados Opens on Eagle Street
Staff Reports,
01:03PM / Wednesday, December 08, 2010

 The new Desperados on Eagle Street in North Adams marked its official opening on Wednesday morning with a ribbon cutting. Among those present were Rep. Daniel E. Bosley and Jay Green, administrative officer for the city.

The restaurant's been open a couple weeks now and marks a return to the city after closing several years ago. Owner David Atwell, who also operates a Desperados in Williamstown, said he was excited about the

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Desperado's Returning to City
By Tammy Daniels,
05:32PM / Thursday, September 30, 2010

David Atwell vowed to return to North Adams when his restaurant Desperado's closed on Ashland Street. He'd hoped to do it within the year but it ended up taking five.

The Mexican restaurant will reopen in the city this fall in the former The Alley location at 23 Eagle St. It's a spot Atwell's been eyeing for the past five years; he finally got it on Wednesday, when he closed with Legacy Bank to purchase the 4,200-square-foot property and its contents for $156,000.

"We wanted this building for five years," he said on Thursday, standing in the minor chaos of a restaurant in

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Planners: Auto Garage Not in Violation
Staff Reports,
08:53PM / Monday, September 13, 2010

The Planning Board on Monday accepted with no discussion a report by the Compliance Committee that found no issues with Tunnel City Auto.

Abuttor Susan Lefaver of 690 State Road and other neighbors have complained consistently about the automotive repair shop for some years, saying owner Mark J. Laveriere has failed to attain or maintain a number of conditions placed on the property.

Lefaver finally brought her complaints to the City Council last month, armed with photos, and had the matter referred back to the Planning Board.

Last month, Building Inspector William Meranti said he had been

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