Berkshire Business: Hospitality Took a Hit During COVID-19 /

Fahri Karakaya, owner of Pera Mediterranean Bistro in Williamstown, pours a drink at the Spring Street cafe. Karakaya, like many restaurateurs, had to close up in the initial days of the pandemic and a year later is trying to return to normal.

iBerkshires is taking a look at business and employment as the Berkshires emerges from the pandemic through a series of articles. Business owners and community leaders were interviewed over the past couple months about jobs, challenges and chances for recovery.


Help wanted signs have been ubiquitous around the county for both small and large food service concerns. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Businesses throughout the county have felt different degrees of pressure over the past year as the novel coronavirus continued to tighten its grip. While some industries focused on adaptation, others were focused on survival.


In the food and service industry, this grip felt more like…

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