Popular Fuel Coffee Shop ready to relocate to former Gypsy Joynt space


GREAT BARRINGTON — The shifting retail landscape of Main Street is continuing, as the popular Fuel Coffee Shop is set to move into the space formerly occupied by the Gypsy Joynt.

"I think it's a good fit," said Thomas Levin, who owns the building at 297 Main St. He also is owner and operator of Tom's Toys.

Fuel, which has been in business for about 10 years, is presently operating at 286 Main St.

Owner Eugene "Will" Curletti said he and his wife, co-owner Robin Curletti, are hoping to reopen in their new location by mid-August.

The new space will be about twice the size of the current coffee house. Eugene Curletti said the couple have several plans for the larger space.

The Gypsy Joynt, a popular restaurant and performance space, closed abruptly in late April, after co-owners Keith and Lori Weller announced on social media that they and their four children were returning to their former home in Galveston, Texas. The Wellers arrived in Great Barrington in 2009.

The shift is the latest in a series of changes in town restaurants.

The Well, at 312 Main St., has reopened under new management and is already getting rave reviews from websites such as Yelp! about its upgraded menu.

Co-owners Richard and Hilary Drucker reopened the restaurant/bar in mid-May, with a new menu and a more congenial decor.

Around the corner, partners Ben Downing and Laura Shack have reopened the former 20 Railroad Street as 20 Railroad Public House.

Shack also is the owner of Firefly in Lenox, while Downing has been in the food service business for several years. At a recent Select Board meeting, Downing announced that the restaurant will be offering live music.

"Twenty," as it's popularly known, has been a Great Barrington mainstay for decades. Shack and Downing also renovated their space and reopened a few weeks ago.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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