WEST STOCKBRIDGE— Growing up in Columbia County, New York, Brian Alberg visited the Berkshires often. He remembers when a West Stockbridge establishment was a bit of an area icon. At 18, he served as its bartender. And now, he’s running the show.
Together with five other longtime employees of Main Street Hospitality, Alberg, who serves as executive chef and vice president of culinary development at Main Street Hospitality, added another restaurant to their portfolio in June. Located at 5 Albany Road, The Tap House at Shaker Mill is hoping to keep up some of the momentum that the former restaurant had. The Shaker Mill Tavern Family Smoke House closed its doors earlier this year.
The Tap House employs a staff of 18 and the culinary division within Main Street Hospitality employs 70 people, according to Alberg.
Alberg described The Tap House’s menu as ethnic and American comfort food. But make no mistake, the business isn’t a restaurant with a bar, it’s a bar that has a restaurant, said Alberg.
There are 25 seats around the bar and 10 taps. The Tap House has room for 80 inside its main room, 40 in a separate private dining area and room for 70 more outside. Outside, there are four additional taps.
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