The Parlor Cafe on Ashland Street will close this weekend after nearly four years in business.
The Parlor Cafe on Ashland Street will close this weekend after nearly four years in business. (Adam Shanks — The Berkshire Eagle)

NORTH ADAMS — After nearly four years in business, the Parlor Cafe has closed its doors.

A popular hangout for students and faculty at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and local residents, the Parlor Cafe was closed by owners Jason and Elizabeth Morin this weekend.

Formerly the Elf Parlor, Jason and Elizabeth Morin opened the Parlor Cafe in 2012 after its predecessor closed the year prior.

Jason Morin said he has continued to run his other business, Berksites, as The Parlor Cafe has continued to grow, making "both of them more than I'm willing to handle."

"It's been awesome," Morin said. "I'm definitely glad I did it, and it's very difficult to close it because of all the love around here."

The real estate at 303 Ashland St. — which includes the commercial space downstairs and living space upstairs totaling more than 4,000 square feet — is currently listed through Steepleview Realty.

Morin said he would entertain proposals to rent the restaurant space, as well.

The Parlor was first listed for sale last year.

"We had hoped that somebody else would have come along to run with the ball before we were unable to go any further," Morin said. "There has been interest, there's been deals in the making but nothing ever materialized."

Beyond the daily operations as a cafe serving locally roasted Dean's Beans coffee and handmade baked goods and meals, the Parlor was a linchpin in the local arts community. As much as it was a place to grab a coffee midday, the Parlor also served as a host for frequent open mic nights.


When the closure was announced on Facebook, the community shared memories of the cafe and wished the owners good luck.

"The Parlor will always hold a special place in my heart, open mics during college were a big part of my four years [at MCLA]," said Christopher Hantman.

Misa Chappell's first solo art exhibition was at the Parlor in 2015.

"I credit the Parlor for welcoming me to [North Adams] and introducing me to so many friends, not to mention launching my art career," she said.

Morin said he and Elizabeth opened the cafe after being customers there beforehand.

"We did so much less shaping of this place than just allowing it to be what it was," he said, "and I think that's why it did so well."

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.