Several Berkshire restaurants have new owners, new features and new menus.
CAFÉ LUCIA, an Italian eatery staple in Lenox, will be unveiling a brand-new indoor bar.
On the MASS MoCA campus, the BRIGHT IDEAS BREWERY taps the beer market. Also in North Adams on Ashland Street is the new KOREAN GARDEN, mixing Japanese staples—sushi, tempura—with Korean specials such as bulgogi, bokum, and bim bab.
Change is sweeping through Great Barrington, as well. The former Neighborhood Diner—on the main drag—changed its name to GB EATS. Owners Pierre Cum and Caroline Rischner have added a coffee bar (replacing the vinyl booths with wooden chairs and tables), and updated the menu with new offerings like Shakshuka, a single-skillet breakfast creation.
Great Barrington’s new faces are echoed by empty spaces. A vacancy lingers where Mario’s once was on Railroad Street. Froyo World on Main Street is all but a memory, and perhaps saddest of all is the space once known as Gypsy Joynt, whose owners returned to Galveston, Texas. With summer closing in, many are eager to see what will fill those prime spots.