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Williamstown in Winter

Check out this nice Boston Globe travel feature on Williamstown in the winter.  I note that the Downtown Williamstown website has been nicely fleshed-out.  Anyone hear any scoop on the anticipated start date for the Subway / Purple Pub project?  Students have gone without cheap late night eats and the best off-campus bar for far too long.  I’m also curious to hear whether Paresky has annouced any plans for the former Subway building, which will be demolished at some point (hopefully sooner rather than later as it is quite an eyesore in the middle of downtown).  Considering that this was a hideous building and a waste of valuable Spring Street frontage as a single level-structure, anything that replaces it should be an upgrade.  Although I hope the architects follow the Tunnel City building model, rather than create another hideous suburban strip-mall wannabe like the Spice Root / Sushi Thai Garden building erected after the last major Spring Street fire.

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#1 Comment By PTC On December 24, 2008 @ 10:22 am

JeffZ- – The pub will never be the same brother. It burned, and is gone forever. I suggest everyone takes the time to stop by the Red Herring to see Mr Smith and pay homage to the new best bar in town. There shall be no return of the dirty floor, liscence plates on walls, single head (one for guys and one for gals), throw down ever again. The place to gather since 1973 is nothing but a memory and an old webpage now…. Sadly!

Take some time to throw one down, cruise these pics… and remember…. Because it is never coming back the way it was.

http://www.thepurplepub.com/purplepub_piccategory_page.htm

#2 Comment By JeffZ On December 24, 2008 @ 11:17 am

You are probably right but I hope they do their best to approximate the atmosphere, license plates and all (in fact I thought the plan was to keep a lot of the same decor). And the one good thing about the change is the larger size, and, I imagine, better TV’s for football … it got realllly tight in there on any weekend night.

#3 Comment By PTC On December 25, 2008 @ 6:40 pm

JeffZ- I had heard that they were going to put the new pub in the old Hopkins furniture store, which was owned by the Millers until recently. Is that the case?

Who pruchased it? Any idea? It will be a good venue if they use it. A large open space which more than doubles the size of the old Pub. Plus the building is old, and historic.

Still- the Pub has been gone for some time now. They have not rebuilt anything yet. Will Mary still be the owner of the new pub? What about the bartenders? There were people who had worked in the pub for over a decade. I am sure by now they have moved on to other jobs.

Bottom line- so much time has past… without the original owner and people working there… how much can they really keep it the same?

#4 Comment By JeffZ On December 25, 2008 @ 6:58 pm

Yes, if you go on the williamstown site you can see a small rendering of the plans for the store — they are demolishing the garage and adding on a rear addition, and it will house Subway and Zanna as well. Paresky owns the building, along with about half of spring street. My understanding was that Mary would still be running the Pub. Not sure about the other bartenders … I am cautiously optimistic that between a cool, historic space, keeping some of the same decor, and most importantly Mary returning, the pub atmosphere can be at least somewhat recreated. But impossible to know until we see it open (which I really hope will be by next fall per the plans announced a few months ago, but again, who knows).

#5 Comment By 1980 On December 25, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

In the summer of 1979 I adopted a mutt puppy from a woman who I now remember as the owner of the Purple Pub. I think it was Mary – was she the owner in 1979? “Megan”, who grew up to look like a black Irish setter, had a happy senior year in Williamstown (although one visit to my boyfriend’s suite in Greylock resulted in him getting a “please remove your vicious dog from campus” note when she counter-attacked someone with a broom). I am glad to hear that the Purple Pub will be back soon.