PITTSFIELD -- Due to the extensive renovations they've had to perform, the new owners of the former Dakota restaurant on South Street have pushed back the opening date for their new eatery.

The new owners had originally planned to open their new restaurant, renamed "Da'Koto," at the beginning of June. But renovations to the 60-year-old structure have been so extensive, the eatery will now open no later than Tuesday, July 15, according to the group's attorney, Ralph Cianflone of Pittsfield.

"They fell a little bit behind their scheduled opening in June," Cianflone said. "They really had to go back to the rafters."
Cianflone represents ZC Group LLC of Pittsfield, which purchased the building for $775,000 last August. The new ownership group's manager, Jia Ming Zheng, is associated with the group that owns the Koto Hibachi Steakhouse on Dalton Avenue.

The owners of Da'Koto are not connected with the Koto Hibachi Steakhouse, although some staff and owners are involved with both restaurants, Cianflone told the Licensing Board last year. Koto has been open since June 2012.

Da'Koto is expected to retain some of the Dakota's traditional menu offerings, like steaks, but have more but have a more Asian feel.

The building that houses the Dakota was originally constructed in 1954. It housed a Howard Johnson's restaurant before being taken over by the Dakota in 1984. The building was destroyed by a fire in March 1988, but re-opened that October following more than $1.


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25 million in renovations.

The Dakota closed abruptly in late April 2013. Its owner said it couldn't keep running the restaurant due to a lack of cash and debt. The Idaho-based company that held the mortgage on the Dakota sold the property to ZC Group LLC.

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