Great news posted by aparent on Speak Up: an impressive slew of tenants are slated to occupy the vacant retail in downtown Williamstown, including a wrap / smoothie venue, an outdoor apparel store, the newly reopened Purple Pub, and a pizza place, not to mention a slew of office tenants (most newsworthy: VoodooVox) who will breath life into the area during times that students are not around.  The food venues (which will nearly double the current array of Spring Street choices) sound great, especially the Pub 2.0.  The owner of both the Pub and Spring Street Pizza, Thierry Breard, most definitely knows what he is doing, having previously worked at some of the top culinary destinations in the region, including Alta.  Fish and chips on Spring Street?  Dang I am jealous …

Big news for North Adams as well, as former Williams employee Mark Petrino will be opening up the awesome-sounding Petrino’s Cafe in the former Cup & Saucer space.  If all of these venues live up to their promise, Williamstown and North Adams will feature an enviable wealth of casual dining options, especially for a fairly rural area.

For those too new to campus to know much about the old Pub, you can read more here and here.  Here is the WSO thread discussing the new pub.

NB: I am not implying that the prior incarnation of the Pub was in fact prodigal, just liked the alliterative sound …

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