I thought that some of you may find this article in today's Berkshire Eagle to be interesting:
The owner of the Dragon Restaurant, a popular Vietnamese restaurant anchoring the western edge of Pittsfield for 30 years, has bought the 20 Railroad St. pub from owner Paul Dickinson.
The Railroad Street eatery closed abruptly last Labor Day weekend amid staffing problems; the place has been dark all winter, awaiting new life.
Huy Huynh, owner of the Dragon, said that he and his brother Thang plan to reopen the pub-style operation with few changes, other than some updates to the interior decor. They will offer burgers, chops, beer, appetizers, salads and moderately priced entrees.
Huynh said he paid $120,000 for the business operation owned by Dickinson, with a loan from Legacy Banks, and has signed a five-year lease for the space.
He will open once his application for a liquor license is approved by the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
The Selectmen have scheduled a hearing for June 23, but the ABCC will take several more weeks to sign off on the transfer.
Huynh said he likes the lively atmosphere of downtown Great Barrington, which will be a change from the rural outpost where the Dragon operates, on the west end of Pittsfield on Route 20.
"There's a very nice vibe there," he said of Great Barrington.
The Dragon will remain operating as usual, with Huynh now doing double restaurant duty. He has taken over the Pittsfield business begun years
ago by his parents, who are now retired, he said.
Huynh said he has no interest in replicating the Asian cuisine that is already successful in Pittsfield; many of the Dragon's customers are from South County, he said.
His brother Thang intends to relocate from Florida to help with the new business; a third brother, Hung, achieved national recognition when he won the Bravo cable network reality TV show "Top Chef."
All three brothers are graduates of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.
Huy Huynh hopes that customers will feel at home when they return to "20." He plans to keep the old feel of the place intact, with its brick walls and wood floors.
"I like that old look," he said.