New owners aim to restore Mohawk Tavern -- with charm intact
NORTH ADAMS -- Rejoice, Mohawk Tavern regulars.
Under new owner and developer Moresi and Associates, the Mohawk Tavern on Marshall Street is poised for a return in the spring of 2015. The decades-old institution was closed in 2013 but is now under new ownership that aims to restore the bar's charm and history.
David Moresi, of Moresi and Associates, purchased the Mulcare Block, which includes the Mohawk Tavern, at an auction in April for $370,000. In addition to the reopening of the bar, Moresi has plans to renovate six residential units on the second and third floors.
Moresi has also been in talks with restaurateurs for the large space adjacent to the Mohawk Tavern in the Mulcare Block, he said in an interview with the Eagle recently. The plans will be before the North Adams Planning Board at its Monday meeting.
"We've got a significant investment in [the building]," Moresi said.
The building's proximity to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art made it an appealing development opportunity to Moresi.
"This should start sucking people out of MoCA and bringing people to Main Street," Moresi said of his project and other development in the area.
The Mohawk Tavern will be owned by a third party, who has yet to be announced, Moresi said. But whoever the owner, it will remain the Mohawk Tavern.
The Mohawk Tavern, started in the 1930s, was owned by Moresi's grandfather and father until about 40 years ago, he said. But the investment in the building is more than just family ties -- since he's taken ownership of the Mulcare Block, Moresi said, the community has advocated that the tavern remain the tavern.
"It's not just because of personal feelings, but the overwhelming number of people to reach out to us," Moresi said.
Rachel Clarke, Moresi and Associates' commercial leasing and accounts manager, said she's been stopped in the bank by people who say the Mohawk Tavern should be reopened.
Work on the Mulcare Block, which includes a facelift to the facade, will continue throughout this winter, Moresi said. Inside, the Mohawk Tavern and adjacent restaurant are getting upgrades while each residential unit will be fixed with a new kitchen.
The residential apartments will be marketed for tenants interested in short-term leases, Moresi said, ideal for young artists and other people moving into the city.
The details of the restaurant are still unannounced -- Moresi is still working out the details -- but he said he wants to make sure it will be a "home-run," not a restaurant that closes after a year.
"It'll be something that North Adams is sorely in need of," Moresi said.
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