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Does Pittsfield Need A ‘North Shore’ Style Roast Beef Shop?

Growing up in the Boston area (Lynn), I was privy to, call it "Boston-Style", "North Shore-Style", "Eastern-Mass." style roast beef sandwiches. Now, for those of you who have had the opportunity to inhale one of these delicious joys in life, you can understand the obsession. These sandwiches are very unique...
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Review: Berkshire Mountain Distillers Craft Brewers Whiskey Project – UFO White, Big Elm, and Spencer Ale

Sheffield, Massachusetts-based Berkshire Mountain Distillers recently embarked upon one of the most ambitious craft distilling projects I’ve ever heard of. The five-years-in-the-making project will see BMD partnering with a dozen different breweries across five states, turning their beers into whiskey. Each whiskey will be the product of a single brew bearing the name of the beer used in as the base for the distillate. For fans of whiskeys made from beer, the project offers a rare opportunity to see how different base beers impact the final product. Alas, you’ll have to be patient throughout the year to see how it all pans out.
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Dunkin’ donates more than $32,000 to Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield after Iced Coffee Day donations

Iced Coffee Day wasn’t just about celebrating the delicious caffeinated drink. For Western Massachusetts Dunkin’ locations, it was also about raising money for Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. The company donated $1 from every iced coffee and cold brew sold at Dunkin’ locations in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties...

Cheshire Unveils New Monument to the 'Big Cheese'

CHESHIRE, Mass. — There's no mistaking that Cheshire's the big cheese. A replica of the giant wheel of cheese made by Cheshire residents in the early 1800s was unveiled by the Cheshire Community Association on Tuesday beside the Ashuwilticook Rail Trail. The front of the sculpture contains information on the...
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Whole Foods plan approved for Evergreen Walk in South Windsor

A general plan for a Whole Foods grocery store has been approved for the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor, the beginning of what town officials hope is a post-COVID renaissance of the shopping center. The 50,000-square-foot store is to be built on the site of a long-vacant Highland Park supermarket and two operating businesses, Old Navy and Sakura Garden Japanese Steak House, ...
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Solution reached in West Stockbridge road dispute, long-term fix still in question

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — An agreement has been reached between two downtown businesses that have been locked in an ongoing dispute regarding road access. Trúc Orient Express Vietnamese Restaurant and the performing arts venue The Foundry have been engaged in discussion regarding access to The Foundry’s private road that connects downtown West Stockbridge to Harris Street, where Truc’s is located.
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Whole Foods proposed for Evergreen Walk

SOUTH WINDSOR — Whole Foods Market has submitted an application to the town for construction of a 50,000-square-foot grocery store at The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk, in an area where Old Navy and a Japanese restaurant are now located. “I think this is the starting point, I believe, for...

Canta Gallo food truck brings unique Hispanic cuisine to city

SPRINGFIELD – Canta Gallo food truck opened in April with the intention of serving Western Massachusetts residents’ homemade Hispanic cuisine. Owner Denise Reyes said that she loves to cook and has a history in fine dining, which inspired her to start her business. “I’ve been cooking since I was very...

Outdoor dining options grow with Northampton's Summer on Strong

NORTHAMPTON – This summer, customers at Northampton’s restaurants on Strong Avenue can enjoy a brand-new outdoor dining space right on the street. Homestead chef and owner Jeremy Werther said he and his restaurant teamed up with their neighbors to set up the area. “It is a collaboration amongst a bunch...

The Rockin Chicken in Hartford—So Much More Than Chicken

You might hear the name The Rockin Chicken (TRC) and think it’s yet another really good chicken-themed joint, like West Hartford’s Chicken Citizen & Donuts, Wethersfield’s El Pollo Guapo, Newington’s Rooster Co. or the Elm City’s Hot Haven Chicken. But you’ll see it’s actually so much more. Since TRC opened in June, 2016 on Franklin Avenue in Hartford, it has been my go-to for Peruvian food, long one of my favorite cuisines.
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Dewey’s Jazz Lounge opens in downtown Springfield

Kitchen staff members tirelessly unpacked Dewey’s branded bottles, polished kitchenware and organized the black and gold decorated two-level lounge this week ahead of opening weekend for the newest restaurant on Worthington Street in Springfield. “I get the most satisfaction hiring and creating jobs for people in my community,” said Kenny...
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Berkshires Direct connects Connecticut farms with markets for their food

With people isolating at home during the early days of the pandemic, stores emptied and food began piling up at farms around New England. That’s when Caleb Ganzer and a couple of colleagues conceived of Berkshire Direct, a farm-to-home delivery service, now headquartered in Torrington. The company launched last year, offering a way for local farmers with a lot of surplus crops, breads, honey, ...
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Fire Damages Mad Jack’s BBQ In Lanesborough

Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke coming from the rear of the building, according to Chief Charlie Durfee. "The owner of the building had hired a couple of guys to do some roof repairs. They were doing what you call a blowdown roof with a hot torch that caught the building on fire which happened be on the backside", said Durfee. "The other stores within the strip mall suffered minor smoke damage, as far as Mad Jack's, the damage is estimated at around $50,000."