Wine bar temporarily closed

Uncorked Wine & Beer Lounge in the Crawford Square building at 137 North St. has closed temporarily while ownership changes hands and the venue's liquor license is transferred from one entity to another, according to the business' founder, Luke Marion.

Marion's lease on the space officially expires Jan. 31. The new owner is expected reopen the establishment once the transfer of the venue's liquor license to new ownership is approved by the state of Massachusetts and the city of Pittsfield, according to Marion.

"It's expected to reopen, hopefully, in February or March," Marion said.

The new establishment will retain the same name, he said.

Marion and his wife, Lindsey, opened Uncorked in January 2019. The bar is located in the space formerly occupied by Regions Wine Bar & Nosh, which had opened in 2016.


MGM Springfield names new president/COO

Chris Kelley has been appointed president and chief operating officer of MGM Springfield, according to MGM Resorts. He succeeds Mike Mathis, who will assume a new role as senior vice president of business development, reporting to MGM Resorts President and Chief Operating Office Bill Hornbuckle and working on various company initiatives.

Kelley had served as president and COO of MGM Northfield Park in Ohio since April 2019, where he headed the transition of the property from a Hard Rock-branded entity. He joined MGM Resorts as vice president and chief financial officer of MGM Detroit in 2017.

Before joining MGM, he served in several leadership positions during an 18-year tenure at Viejas Casino & Resort in San Diego.

Kelley holds bachelor's degrees in economics and political science from Connecticut College.


Medical group receives dental grant

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires has been awarded $26,500 from the Massachusetts Dental Society Foundation to help the organization continue providing dental services to uninsured or underinsured income-qualified residents in Berkshire County. The funding also will help VIM to make a concerted effort to attract dentists and oral hygienists into the Berkshire area to help address capacity building in the area.


Train Campaign schedules meeting

The Train Campaign will hold a bar car meetup session at 5 p.m. Feb. 10 at Number 10, formerly the Castle Street Cafe. Admission is free. Karen Christensen will give an update on rail news in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Questions/information: karen@barringtoninstitute.org.