OTIS — It’s been 16 years since Andy Pyenson stopped elevating chickens at his longtime enterprise, the Otis Poultry Farm. Just some years after that, his partner, Lynn Pyenson, began working the Farmington River Diner down Route 8 near the town coronary heart.
Now the couple — he is 72, she is 68 — hope to cash out on their investments of time and labor, having positioned every the farm and the diner within the market.
There could also be curiosity throughout the diner at 119 South Major Avenue, which is priced at $369,000 for the post-and-beam development on an acre throughout the coronary heart.
And the farm is once more within the market, after a purchase-and-sale settlement fell by the use of months up to now. The would-be customers consider to operate a marijuana cultivation and retail facility on the virtually 25-acre farm. The farm’s guidelines worth is $995,000.
Every actually really feel it’s time to bow out.
“I just like the place,” Lynn Pyenson acknowledged of the diner, the place she works from 3:30 a.m. until shut. “Don’t get me unsuitable. Nevertheless I’m pushing 70. I’m drained.”
On some days, she runs the place alone. On days when it snows, she makes constructive to feed the boys who work on the shut by Commonwealth of Massachusetts Freeway Division a scorching breakfast early throughout the morning.
“I’m all folks’s mother, whether or not or not they like it or not,” Pyenson acknowledged.
The diner closed from March to July of 2020 on account of pandemic. When it reopened, Lynn Pyenson took out about half the seats, bringing the potential from 45 to about 20, partly in deference to social distancing, however moreover because of the labor shortage. It’s now open Friday by the use of Monday for breakfast and lunch.
An area of Albany, N.Y., Lynn Pyenson grew up in Mechanicville, N.Y., working at her grandfather’s restaurant, Central Dairy, and has spent most of her working life in consuming locations.
The Pyensons met when she was engaged on the East Lee Steak House and he was, as Lynn Pyenson locations it, “the egg man.”
They married virtually 30 years up to now in Otis, a second marriage for every; they’ve 4 kids, 4 granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.
Andy Pyenson is obvious on his motive for in search of customers.
“My partner and I’d every want to spend some time having enjoyable with what’s left,” he acknowledged.
The poultry farm, at 1570 North Major Avenue, is iconic in Otis. From Route 8, a la Burma Shave selling, rooster coops are painted with the phrases “Farm Current Eggs Laid Proper right here” and “Egg Eaters Make Greater Lovers.”
Andy Pyenson grew up engaged on the farm started by his grandfather, David Pyenson, in 1904.
He now runs the sprawling nation retailer on the Otis Poultry Farm alone, stocking pies, cookies, sweatshirts, wine, beer and native merchandise, along with cheese from Gould Farms. Chickens no longer lay eggs on the farm, nonetheless the retailer buys from native producers.
A restaurant on web page, which Lynn Pyenson ran, closed by the pandemic and hasn’t reopened. Lynn Pyenson nonetheless makes use of the enterprise kitchen there for catering.
Andy Pyenson acknowledged he need to see the following proprietor “preserve it significantly as is, with the store, broaden upon that.”
Maggie C. Merelle, precise property affiliate at William Pitt Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty in Good Barrington, declined to the touch upon the diner itemizing, citing curiosity throughout the property.
Chapin Fish and Jared Kelly, who’re representing the farm by the use of William Pitt Sotheby’s Worldwide Realty, and are principals of the Brockman Group in Monterey, spoke of the alternate options the farm holds for a model new proprietor.
Any enterprise operation would require a selected permit, Kelly acknowledged of the farm, which went once more within the market in December.
“We’re not narrowly specializing in marijuana or anyone enterprise,” he acknowledged.
Whereas winter is simply not the busiest time for enterprise precise property product sales, Fish acknowledged there have been nibbles. “Which will quicken as we get extra into winter and into spring. It actually is superior land.”
He described the terrain as “flat and gently rolling all the best way all the way down to the road and up.” The positioning lies near the headwaters of the Farmington River and has considerable avenue frontage.
Fish acknowledged Otis is “a very progressive metropolis,” referring to its municipally owned wind turbine.
On the diner, Lynn Pyenson does the cooking, although her husband prepares all the bacon throughout the Otis Poultry Farm’s kitchens. She often locations out treats she baked on desk 9, the large double gross sales area throughout the coronary heart of the consuming room often occupied by locals. Remaining Friday, the offering on the communal desk was “monkey bread.”
By the use of the years, film critic Gene Shalit, comedian and director Justin Prolonged and bagel magnate Murray Lender have been prospects of the diner.
Lynn Pyenson says that whereas vacationers are welcome, the diner will rely upon the loyalty of area residents. “We do need the vacationers and the second-home homeowners, nonetheless we are going to’t overlook the native of us.”