GREAT BARRINGTON — A commercial building that has housed a series of upscale restaurants and is located in the heart of the town's business district was recently sold for $1.8 million.

Forty Seven Railroad Street Associates sold the three-story structure at 47 Railroad St. to 47 Railroad LLC, according to documents on file at the Southern Berkshire Registry of Deeds.

The manager for the buyer is Samuel B. Nickerson, of Great Barrington, according to documents on file at the Secretary of State's Office. The seller is local developer Steven Picheny, of Great Barrington.

Picheny did not return a call seeking comment. Attempts to reach Nickerson or his business partner, Ian Rasch, were unsuccessful.

The building, which contains 5,880-square feet, is located at the top of Railroad Street where the road begins to curve sharply to the right.

Built in the mid-1800s as a grain warehouse, the building was fully renovated in 2000, according to the real estate listing.

The restaurant space, located on the first floor, can seat 93 patrons, has a 17-seat bar, contains a state-of-the-art kitchen, and has a full commercial wine cellar, according to the listing.

The eatery was most recently occupied by Mario's Tuscany Grill. Restaurants have been located on the first floor since 2001. Before then, the first floor was used for retail space.


The upper floors contain office space, and have also housed an art gallery, according to architect Pamela Sandler, of Stockbridge, who oversaw the building's renovation in 2000.

Contact Tony Dobrowolski at 413-496-6224.