Hilltown Digest: Burgy Brews ‘doing what we can’ in pandemic

  • Dennis Bates, left, and Mike Charpentier of Brewmasters Brewing Services in Williamsburg stand in what they call the game room of their restaurant, Burgy Brews Taproom and Meeting House, prior to its opening. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Staff Writer
Published: 1/17/2022 9:20:13 AM
Modified: 1/17/2022 9:19:09 AM

WILLIAMSBURG – Burgy Brews Taproom and Meeting House started serving food the day before Thanksgiving and despite the challenges of the pandemic, the restaurant and bar continues to serve its customers.

Burgy Brews is owned by Dennis Bates and Mike Charpentier, the proprietors of Brewmasters Brewing Services next door. The taproom is located in the building that formerly housed The Brewmaster’s Tavern, which has no affiliation with the current business.

Bates said the staff at Burgy Brews is masked up, sanitizing stations are in place throughout the establishment and UV air purifiers have also been installed.

“We’re doing what we can for everybody,” Bates said.

Bates also said the establishment is trying to have live music as often as it can, and that those interested in playing there can email music@burgybrews.com.

“We’re trying to fill up a schedule,” Bates said.

Burgy Brews is open Wednesdays from 4 to 10 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Town looking for moderator candidate

Williamsburg’s current town moderator is not running for re-election, and the Select Board has expressed an interest in a suitable candidate running for the position.

“A couple come to mind, but I don’t know if they have the time,” said Town Administrator Nicholas Caccamo, when the Select Board discussed the topic at its Thursday meeting.

The town moderator is tasked with running Williamsburg’s town meetings. The town’s current moderator is Paul Rudof, who is not running for re-election because he’s moved out of of town, Caccamo said.

Select Board Member William Sayre said that he hopes a candidate can be found for the position.

“We’re looking for qualities that represent leadership,” he said.

He said that keeping order under pressure and understanding the town meeting system are some of those qualities. Additionally, he said that while the job is not particularly time consuming, it does require the skill of knowing how to bring people to consensus.

Those who wish to get on the ballot for town moderator can put their name forward at Town Caucus, which will occur this year on the first Saturday of March, beginning at 11 a.m.

Culvert project moving forward

The Depot Road culvert has achieved a milestone, as its moves forward toward completion.

“The actual culvert is now in place,” revealed Town Administrator Nicholas Caccamo at Thursday’s Select Board meeting.

Work on replacing the culvert, which is located between 21 and 25 Depot Road, began in October of last year.

Caccamo said in an interview that putting in the culvert “was the most difficult part,” as it had to be put into place with a crane.

The town administrator said that more concrete work needs to be done on the project. He also said the section of road containing the culvert will not be reopened until the spring, as it needs to be blacktopped.

Shortly before work on the culvert project began, Caccamo expressed hope that the road would be closed for roughly eight weeks “in a perfect scenario.” However, he said the discovery of a ledge during the pit excavation portion of the project lengthened the project, as it had to be broken up and removed.

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

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