Popular Pittsfield eatery reopening Thursday after 17-month shutdown

An "open" invitation ending 17-month drought. / photo provided
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- While most restaurants and entertainment venues have opened in what most people hope are the waning months of the COVID-19 pandemic, some businesses have stayed closed for the duration.

The Chef's Hat, a restaurant popular with locals, college students, and visitors to such cultural spots as the Williamstown Theater Festival and the Clark Art Institute, has been closed for nearly 17 months. But, that is about to end.

Owner David Rock, who purchased the breakfast-and-lunch eatery in 2006, told iBerkshires.com he hopes to resume serving breakfast at 8 p.m. Thursday. That would be the culmination of a six-week project that has seen a flurry of activity.

"We've made so many changes, it's basically like starting over," Rock told the website. "We've put in all new stuff -- new tables, new chairs, new rug, new floor tiles, new refrigerators, new equipment. ... This building is pretty old to begin with. To be unattended, to have nobody in here all this time, it needed some work."

Some work also has been done on a balky plumbing system.

The Chef's Hat is located at 905 Simonds Road (Route 7). Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday- Sunday. Closed Monday-Wednesday. Phone: 413-458-5120.