Church finds new home at former steakhouse

  • A building on Route 10 in Southampton that housed Opa Opa Steakhouse and Brewery and, more recently, Jp's Steakhouse and Grille, has been purchased by Christ Community of Hampshire County. FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 2/17/2020 10:18:33 PM

SOUTHAMPTON — The building that formerly housed the Opa Opa Steakhouse and Brewery has been sold to a local church.

Christ Community of Hampshire County purchased the building on Feb. 12 for $625,000, buying it from Opa-Opa LLC. Most recently, the building was the site of Jp’s Steakhouse & Grille, which closed last summer.

“It’s going to be our main building,” said Chad Patterson, pastor of Christ Community of Hampshire County.

The church is associated with the Evangelical Free Church of America and was initially started by members of the Westfield Evangelical Free Church. Patterson said “a lot of people were coming down,” from the Northampton, Southampton and Easthampton area to the Westfield church before the Christ Community of Hampshire County was formed.

Patterson, a former youth pastor at the Westfield Evangelical Free Church, became the church’s first pastor about 8½ years ago.

The Christ Community of Hampshire County has been conducting its Sunday services in the banquet hall at Pilsudski Park in Holyoke. The church also has been renting office space for Patterson in Easthampton.

Patterson said that the hope is to complete renovations of the building in about a month, but that there is no firm date for when services will start there.

“I’m definitely excited,” Patterson said.

He also said that the cost of building had caused the church to look into buying the space. Patterson said that while the kitchen will be staying in place, and he would like to offer a food-based ministry, there are currently no plans to do so. He did describe, however, Bible studies, services and outreach ministry being offered at the church throughout the week. With the sale to the religious organization, the property is expected to come off the town’s tax rolls.

On getting to preach in Southampton, Patterson said that there aren’t a lot of churches in the town and that his preaching is gospel-focused.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.




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