Tuesday May 1, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Downtown visitors will soon have another outdoor dining option as a popular Park Square eatery plans to offer a sidewalk cafe.

Patrick’s Pub is prepared to serve up to 26 patrons food and alcoholic beverages in a cordoned off area fronting its 178-seat bar and restaurant. The outdoor service, consisting of a maximum seven tables, is pending state approval to allow the pub’s liquor license to include the cafe, according to co-owner, David Powell.

"As soon as we get the OK, we have the tables, chairs and barriers ready to go," Powell said.

Powell’s remarks on Monday followed a 4-0 vote by the Pittsfield Licensing Board to extend the license to the cafe. Board member Albert "Butch" Pisani was absent. The proposed license revision will be forwarded to the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission for final approval.

During the Licensing Board meeting, Powell vowed to ensure the outdoor dining area will be clearly separated from pedestrians walking by when in use, weather permitting.

"We will have strap barriers with poles connected to the building." he said.

Powell added, the pub’s staff will stop serving customers in the cafe at 10 p.m. and clear the sidewalk of the tables, chairs and barriers by 11 p.m.

Patrick’s Pub is the third downtown eatery in two years to establish a city-sanctioned sidewalk cafe.

By right, according to city regulations, restaurants can have up to three outdoor tables provided no alcohol is served. However, four or more tables requires approval from the Community Development Board, an endorsement the pub received on April 3.

The other two board-approved sidewalk cafes are on North Street: Mission Bar and Tapas and Dotties Coffee Lounge, established in 2011 and 2010, respectively.

The Licensing Board on Monday also granted a downtown liquor license to Mad Jack’s Barbecue for its new location. The Fenn Street eatery across from the Highland restaurant is relocating to 295 North St., formerly occupied by Shabu 297 and The Press Box.

Owner Jabari Powell, no relation to David Powell, plans to move into the larger space by May 17, the date of the city’s first Third Thurs day celebration of 2012. Jabari Powell said opening date for his new location isn’t contingent on state approval of his liquor license.

Mad Jack’s is moving to a facility with a 50-seat dining area and 15-seat bar. Currently, Pittsfield’s only barbecue restaurant accommodates 10 patrons, with the business primarily focused on take-out orders.

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