Hotel on North: Pittsfield's first boutique hotel and restaurant open for business

The entrance to Hotel on North, Pittsfield's first new hotel in 47 years, features a revolving door that reflects the surrounding downtown landmarks.

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Hotel on North

PITTSFIELD — Equipment is still coming in, and a few minor issues need resolving. But Pittsfield's first boutique hotel and its restaurant are officially open for business.

Hotel on North and Eat and Drink on North both officially opened on Monday, according to representatives of both establishments.

Lindsey Struck was appointed the hotel's general manager on Wednesday by Main Street Hospitality Group of Stockbridge, which runs both the hotel and the restaurant. She most recently served as the director of rooms at the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster on Cape Cod, and has held a leadership role at Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino in Connecticut.

The restaurant's first event, a gathering for the Berkshire International Film Festival, actually took place on May 29. The eatery also served patrons over the weekend in what its representatives referred to as "a soft opening."

"We had about 60 people Saturday night just by word of mouth and walk-ins," said Bruce Finn, the COO of Main Street Hospitality Group.

The $14 million, 45-room hotel at 273-297 North St., the city's first new hotel since 1968, received its certificate of occupancy from the city of Pittsfield on May 29. The first guests arrived on Monday, hotel owner David Tierney II said. They are staying on the fourth floor.

Rooms are ready

The third floor is expected to open on Friday — the installation of equipment on that floor is expected to be completed today. A few small tasks remain on the second floor, "basically hanging art and so on and so forth," Tierney said.

"They all have their certificate of occupancy," said Tierney, referring to the lodging establishment's rooms. "If we had to we could put people there, but we want to put our best foot forward."

The hotel's standard room rates between now and June 18 are $179 weekdays, and $219 on the weekends. In-season standard room rates, which are in effect from June 18 to Oct. 11, are $259 weekdays and $349 on the weekends.

The restaurant has 50 full and part-time employees, according to Finn, while the hotel and restaurant combined have 72, Tierney said.

The only other project yet to be completed is "Dory and Ginger", a small retail store located in the front of what used to be MadJack's Restaurant. Co-owners Laurie Tierney and Cara Carroll are hoping to open by June 15.

Eat and Drink on North retains some of the elements of the previous eateries, most notably the open brick walls in the main dining area. Food items on the menu range from $12 to $35.

Seating capacity is for 90 patrons, but there is also a private dining room that seats 40. The bar area now serves three functions: a food side and a drink side that are connected by a New England Oyster Bar, a rarity in the Berkshires.

"Nobody else in Berkshire County really has one to this extent," Finn said.