Lots of interesting news emanating from both North Adams and Williamstown of late.  We’ve previously discussed the exciting changes coming to Spring Street.  Here is some additional news:

  • First and foremost, almost anyone who has made a trip into the valley of death and despair (aka Amherst) to watch Williams triumph in a sporting event vs. the Lord Jeffs has stopped at Antonio’s Pizza at some point.  Well, now it appears that North Adams is getting its own version of Antonio’s, Supreme Pizza and Wings.  And with that, the only reason to choose Amherst over Williams has been eliminated … and don’t forget, Petrino’s Cafe opens today in North Adams (in the former Cup & Saucer Space).
  • Mezze’s Water Street location has closed, and they have moved to the former Le Jardin space.  Any rumors on what might take Mezze’s place?  It is an absolutely gorgeous restaurant space, and obviously a fantastic location that should only get better when Water Street is finally renovated to become more pedestrian friendly and integrated into the Spring Street business district.
  • The Blackinton Mill (located near the Williamstown / North Adams border) redevelopment, which was a victim of the tough economic climate, appears to be back on track under a new developer, albeit in slightly different form (mixed used vs. solely residential).  This is a fantastic building in a spectacular setting, so I’m glad to see that, if all goes well, it will be put to good use.  North Adams and Williamstown are blessed with a tremendous volume of amazing former mill spaces (some of which is currently available for a potential brew pub), including the Cable Mills development, which upon completion should revitalize Water Street and bring a lot more foot traffic to a street that at times feels like an afterthought (making it more pedestrian friendly and adding parking per the current initiative should also help tremendously).
  • This is a bit dated, but hasn’t been mentioned on this blog before.  This fall a new Williamstown bakery opened, the AFrame Bakery near the intersection of Routes 2 and 7 (by the Berkshire Hills motel).  Based on this Record review, sounds like it is definitely worth a visit.
  • Angelina’s Sub shop closed (the article is no longer available, but I believe there was some discussion of a potential replacement).
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