Wings favorite Hangar Pub & Grill eyes Pittsfield site

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PITTSFIELD — A popular pub and grill franchise that features two dozen types of chicken wings may be coming to the former Chameleons nightclub.

Harold Tramazzo, the owner of Amherst-based Hangar Pub and Grill and the Wings Over franchise, said he has obtained a purchase and sales agreement with the owner of 1350 East St. that is contingent on him receiving the former Chameleons liquor license.

"That was always a place that I thought we should grow to," Tramazzo said of Pittsfield. "I sit in Amherst and I know that there are people that come to Amherst from out there. I think there is some name recognition there.

"I know that building," he said. "I have family out there, so I'm out there enough. I know my way around."

Known for its aviation-themed decorations, Hangar's Pub and Grill offers sandwiches, salads, ribs and wraps in addition to chicken wings, according to its website. In October, Hangar's was voted one of America's top college bars by the readers of Buzzfeed.

The Licensing Board will consider the transfer of Chameleon's liquor license to Hangar of Pittsfield Incorporated Enterprise at its next meeting on Monday. Constructed in 1950, the building contains 4,314 square feet of rental space, and 7,058 square feet of total building area, according to the city assessor's office.

"[Tramazzo] is looking to buy the building and open a new business and transfer the liquor license," said Attorney Anthony Doyle, of Pittsfield, who represents the building's owner, Pamela Rice, of Dalton. "We will have no interest in the building anymore."

Doyle said the building has been on the market for "probably a year and a half."

There has been some interest in the structure since then, Doyle said, but Tramazzo's proposal is the first from a restaurant, and to his knowledge the only one that has included a purchase and sales agreement.

Tramazzo founded Hangar's Pub and Grill and the Wings Over franchise with his partner, Patrick Daly, in 1999. Hangar's and the Wings Over franchise currently has three store locations — in Amherst adjacent to the University of Massachusetts, in Greenfield and in Westfield. The Westfield eatery opened 2/12 years ago, and the Greenfield spot last July, Tramazzo said.

The Wings Over franchise also has three dozen locations in 11 states, including New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Chameleons operated at the East Street location for four years before closing in May 2014 after its liquor license was suspended for 21 days following a shooting that took place outside the nightclub the previous month.

Before Chameleons, Bobby Hudpucker's Bar & Grill was located at the site from 1996 until 2008.

Business Editor Tony Dobrowolski can be reached at 413 496-6224.


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