Shaker Mill Tavern Family Smoke House is on the market

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WEST STOCKBRIDGE — The Shaker Mill Tavern Family Smoke House, a popular barbecue restaurant on Albany Road, isn't closing, the owners say, but the popular restaurant is on the market.

James Hallock, who owns the family restaurant with his wife, Jennifer, said they listed the restaurant after being approached by Wheeler and Taylor Real Estate on behalf of a client or clients interested in purchasing the business.

However, to get an offer, the Hallocks had to list the restaurant for sale, he said. If someone wants to throw gobs of money your way, Hallock said, just about any business owner would explore the possibility further.

"People were approaching me saying it's a good time to sell," Hallock said. "If I could get enough to pay off my mortgage and pretty much retire, I'd be willing to do that."

Although it's being listed, Hallock said he doesn't have any concrete plans to sell Shaker Mill Tavern. The restaurant has been on the market for about 55 days with an asking price of $199,500.

The Hallocks recently tried to quell rumors about the restaurant "closing" — an assumption some people made after hearing about the listing — with an explanation on the Tavern's Facebook page.

"We have met with a few so far; they all do want to continue with barbecue, with a family atmosphere and keep our employees, and honoring all gift certificates, reservations & parties — however, nothing has been decided or any paperwork finalized," the Facebook post reads.

When contacted last week, Hallock said he didn't have anything new to say about the sale beyond what had been posted to Facebook.

Since purchasing the Tavern in June 2016, Hallock said business has been good. Last July, he sold more barbecue than he did in all of the first six months he was open.

"We were up like 180 percent from the previous year and it's all contributed to the barbecue — 80 percent of the sales here are the barbecue," he said.

While Hallock owns the business, he does not own the building. On Oct. 20, 2017, former owner Dominick Luchi Jr., doing business as NMBS, sold the building to Morab Industries for $843,000, according to the registry of deeds.

Morab Industries is owned by Karden Rabin, according to state corporate filings. Rabin owns and operates Boundless — a collaborative bodywork, personal training and wellness studio — on the top floor of the Tavern's building.

For the meantime, it's business as usual at the tavern.

"We are not closing," Hallock said, "that is just a rumor that is going around."

Kristin Palpini can be reached at kpalpini@berkshireeagle.com, @kristinpalpini on Twitter and 413-629-4621.

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