October 2, 2014

New owner at Monty’s Old Brick Tavern

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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.”

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