October 28, 2016

New owner at Monty’s Old Brick Tavern

Monty’s Old Brick Tavern, located at 7921 Williston Road, has been purchased by Williston resident Mark Akey. (Observer photo by Luke Baynes)

By Luke Baynes

Observer staff

So long Monty’s, hello Akes’.

Monty’s Old Brick Tavern has been sold by founder David Herskowitz to Williston resident Mark Akey, who plans to rename the lone restaurant and bar in Williston’s historic village Akes’ Old Brick Tavern.

Herskowitz, who founded Monty’s in 2009, said the sale will be finalized Dec. 17.

“It’s time to do something else in my life,” Herskowitz said.

Akey, who obtained first class liquor license approval from the Williston Selectboard on Dec. 3, said he hopes to remain open for the holidays but might need to close for a week or two afterward for minor renovations. He declined to comment on specific details of the new establishment, simply noting: “I won’t be changing it very much.”

Akey is no stranger to the food and drink industry. The former owner of Akes’ Place in Burlington, Akey sold the popular college hangout in 2010 to focus on Akes’ Den, a rustic restaurant and pub in Waitsfield. He plans to sell Akes’ Den and concentrate on the Old Brick Tavern.

“It’s a great opportunity and a great location,” Akey said. “I’m really excited about it.”


  1. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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