Wings hotspot Hangar Pub and Grill eyes October opening

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PITTSFIELD — A popular Pioneer Valley sports bar franchise is expected to open a Pittsfield location by the end of October.

Harold Tramazzo, owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill, had hoped to be up and running by July in the former Chameleons nightclub on East Street, which closed in May 2014. But renovating the 67-year-old structure has proven more difficult than expected.

"That building is old and had some challenges, but we're rounding the corner," Tramazzo told the city's Licensing Board on Wednesday. "The furniture we ordered is sitting in a storage facility in Cleveland ready to be shipped."

Tramazzo was called before the board, which wanted to ensure the license transfer to Hangar they approved in December was going to be used. He told them he expects to begin serving beer and Hangars' signature chicken wings in October — Nov. 1 at the latest.

"We're happy to hear things are moving along," said Chairman Carmen C. Massimiano Jr.

After the meeting, Tramazzo told The Eagle he's close to filling four managerial positions, with eventually a total payroll of 30 to 35 part- and full-time employees.

Known for its aviation-themed decorations, Hangar Pub and Grill offers sandwiches, salads, ribs and wraps as well as two dozen types of chicken wings, according to its website.

It currently has three locations: Amherst, adjacent to the University of Massachusetts, along with Greenfield and Westfield, both of which opened within the past two years.

TASTE OF SPAIN

Meanwhile, a once troubled nightclub on Wahconah Street is expected to be transformed into a Spanish tapas restaurant and bar by next summer.

Barcelona Tapas and Bar will occupy the former Johnny's Beach Club by July 2018, although the owners are shooting for Memorial Day, according to their attorney, Jeffrey Lynch.

Suzanne Chung and Oscar Enrique Amaya, doing business as Wahconah Street LLC, bought Johnny's earlier this year. The bar closed Jan. 1 after receiving a 7-day liquor license suspension in the wake of of large scale melee, shooting and other incidents in and outside the establishment.

Lynch told the board prior to approving the liquor license transfer from Johnny's to Barcelona that design plans for the renovation should be submitted to city building inspectors within the next month. He expected at least a six-month construction period once the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission approves the license transfer and all the necessary building permits are secured from the city.

Haijie Jacinto, a food service worker at Morningside Community School in Pittsfield and part-time employee at Vong's Thai restaurant, will manage Barcelona. Vong's, just two doors down from Barcelona, is one of two eateries Chung and her family operates in Pittsfield; the other is Jae's Grille on Winter Street.

"If it's as good as Vong's, it will be good for the Wahconah Street neighborhood," said board member Richard "Dick" Stockwell.

Reach staff writer Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233.


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