ADAMS -- The former Saints Hall officially reopened as Adams Ale House this weekend with craft beer flowing and wings served up by the hundreds of pounds.
Co-owners Nathan Girard, Erik Pizani and Scott Latourneau, expressed pride in the business' promising start in an interview with the Transcript on Saturday night.
"We knew Adams and Northern Berkshire needed a place like this," Girard said. "... The staff is gelling and it looks like we're going to be a good team."
Located at 8-10 East Hoosac St., a near $200,000 renovation of the century-plus old building began this winter, and the weekend's customers delighted in its 2013 look.
The bar, which some customers called "the nicest in Berkshire County," Girard said, underwent a full sanding, repainting, and finishing, original beams and tin ceilings were restored, new flooring laid, and contractors modernized the electrical and plumbing.
Throughout, interested members of the public were able to follow along with the developments on Facebook.
The owners made a point of listening to the suggestions of residents and former patrons of Saints Hall.
"Everybody on Facebook said keep the spirit of the building alive," Pizani said. "... [It's] been part of the community for so long and we want to keep it that way."
The owners said people would pop in during the renovation and share nostalgic stories.
"Everybody has their Saints story -- some people were married here or their kids were married here," Latourneau said.
"One guy met his wife right over there," Girard added, pointing to the front entrance.
Popular menu items this weekend included Adams Ale House's massive nachos plate, beef and fresh-caught salmon burgers, pulled pork sandwiches and wings.
The business ran through over 300 pounds of the latter between Thursday and Saturday.
A majority of the ingredients are bought fresh locally, Latourneau said.
When it came to what drinks would be available to wash those food offerings down, public participation was again key in choosing the 22 craft beers now on tap.
The owners took suggestions online, and also joked Saturday about having taken on "market research" of their own, sampling many of the different suggestions they received.
Each of the co-owners have a different idea as to what's the best brew they serve.
Pizani's said his favorite offering is Shed Mountain Ale, while Girard and Latourneau favor Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale and Harpoon Brewery's UFO White.
Pizani said they'll continue to "keep things fresh" with an ear open to the public.
"We encourage opinions -- good, bad, indifferent," he said.
To meet the demand of all the new business, 27 full- and part-time workers were hired to staff the bar.
Hours posted online are Wednesday-Thursday 4 p.m., to 12:30 a.m., Friday 4 p.m., to 1:30 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m., to 1:30 a.m., and Sunday 11 a.m., to 12:30 a.m. Late night food is available until 11 p.m. The bar will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
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