Upscale Pittsfield restaurant closes doors; reopening uncertain

There are 13 comments on the Mar 19, 2008, North Adams Transcript story titled Upscale Pittsfield restaurant closes doors; reopening uncertain. In it, North Adams Transcript reports that:

Spice, the upscale North Street restaurant that many considered the centerpiece of the city's downtown renaissance, will be closed indefinitely due to financial hardship, according to owner Joyce S. Bernstein.

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Greg Roach

Chester, MA

#1 Mar 19, 2008
Over leveraged and under-capitalized.
takecare

Rensselaer, NY

#2 Mar 19, 2008
Eat Cheaply
and Pay Real Estate Taxes
And Mercy is Yours
Brian Miksic

Queensbury, NY

#3 Mar 19, 2008
Greg, I totally agree. Why would anyone think that they could sink millions into a restaurant around here. Doesn't make sense.

We recently opened a store on Main Street in N.A. and part of the business plan is how much you can spend on rehab whilst still having capital to stay open for at least a year (if not two) so that the business has time to grow before you run out of money.

We moved here from Brooklyn several years ago... this same thing went on there too: businesspeople with delusions of grandeur.

It doesn't matter which town, or the state of the economy... you just have to be smart.
Adams resident

Westfield, MA

#4 Mar 19, 2008
They didn't invest $6 million in the restaurant. They own the building and invested $6 million in the building, which houses their other business, Link to Life (Help me I've fallen and can't get up type deal). I think people are confusing the two.

I also think this is a wake up call -- people in this area don't want to pay $20 a plate for dinner. They want to go out and pay $30 to $40 for the whole family, not $40 for two meals.

Also, I think it points to the fact that many businesses don't have a business plan. Great ideas are great on paper. They don't always translate to reality. Brian's right, you just have to be smart
Greg Roach

Rensselaer, NY

#5 Mar 19, 2008
Spice was busy. It just wasn't busy enough to justify the huge monthly bills. It was too big and always looked half empty.

There most certainly is a market in this area for high end dining. It's just not a big one and several of the players have not figured that out yet. If Gideon had not opened the revenue draining Nightery, he would still be packed every Friday and Saturday night.
takecare

Rensselaer, NY

#6 Mar 20, 2008
Only Halliburton and Blackwater Can Afford Such Luxury.....
Justice for All

Rensselaer, NY

#7 Mar 20, 2008
twenty dollar bacon lettuce tomatoes sandwiches and five dollar coffee (no refill)
Local Jim

AOL

#8 Mar 21, 2008
Know what? I love to dine out. I love to explore new eateries...I can't count many restaurants in Pittsfield or the area I haven't been to. That said..a couple visits to Spice for drinks told me I felt like a brown shoe at a black tie event. Beyond pretentious.

I met the owners and they were kind but there minds were someplace else..not in Pittsfield.

$150 for dinner didn't bother me, that is becoming more common..it was the people sitting next to me...snooty people I can live without...
Hillbilly

Rensselaer, NY

#9 Mar 21, 2008
Local Jim
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|Report Abuse |#8 46 min ago
Know what? I love to dine out. I love to explore new eateries...I can't count many restaurants in Pittsfield or the area I haven't been to. That said..a couple visits to Spice for drinks told me I felt like a brown shoe at a black tie event. Beyond pretentious.

I met the owners and they were kind but there minds were someplace else..not in Pittsfield.

$150 for dinner didn't bother me, that is becoming more common..it was the people sitting next to me...snooty people I can live without...

))))))))))

Sounds pretty descriptive..

North Street will never be Rodeo Drive

ricky

United States

#10 Mar 23, 2008
This is an example of what is wrong with our country.. new york business people who have no savvy in business.. only wide eye delusions of grandeur.. poor planning, and the mayor of pittsfield should be ousted also for brown nosing the press... He is partially responsible for the mess.. crying now that pittsfield doesnt support spice..Funny... I didnt see the mayor at spice every week forking over 150.00 for his meals... He talks the talk..but crawls the walk... Spice going out is the best thing to happen.Now the city can get the property taxes and take pressure off the honest businesses in pittsfield... and mayor.. watch out.. your time in office is now on the clock.
Hillbilly

Rensselaer, NY

#11 Mar 23, 2008
does anything in this country make sense anymore?
Hillbilly

Rensselaer, NY

#12 Mar 24, 2008
I heard McDonalds is going to buy Spice and start selling Big Macs for $25.00

Fries shall be a dollar apiece
Oil Baron

Rensselaer, NY

#13 Mar 24, 2008
Spice gasoline is up to twenty dollars a gallon

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