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PRESS RELEASE- Spice Up The Town! Downing
November 13, 2007

Pittsfield- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) is pleased to announce that for the first time in the decade-long history of the RAMAES -- the Retailers Association of Massachusetts Awards of Excellence -- a Berkshire County business has been selected to receive a RAMAES award.    


Pittsfield’s Spice Restaurant has been honored with the 2007 RAMAES for Restaurant of the Year.  This prestigious statewide recognition was based upon a nomination submitted by Downing and an on-site visit to the restaurant by officials from the Retailers Association of Massachusetts.


“Spice truly deserves this distinction,” said Downing.  “They serve great food and provide a sophisticated atmosphere that attracts a wide range of consumers to Pittsfield’s downtown.   Most assuredly, Spice’s success and presence on North Street has been a driving factor in the revitalization of the City’s  downtown.”


Spice owner Joyce Bernstein expressed her delight by saying, “We are all very excited about the award.  It’s an honor and a validation of our efforts and a tribute to Pittsfield’s renaissance.”


Since 1998, the RAMAES awards have been granted to exceptional retail businesses across the Commonwealth that demonstrate excellence.  Throughout their 10-year history, the RAMAES have honored large and small, new and veteran retailers, local gems and national players from all regions of the state.  This year, the RAMAES will honor seven businesses in seven different award categories at a luncheon celebration on Tuesday, November 13th. 


For a complete list of nomination rules or to download nomination papers for the next year’s RAMAES awards, visit the Retailers Association of Massachusetts website at or call 617-523-1900.  The judging process begins in September and awards are typically given in November.


The award-winning Spice is located at 297 North Street and is open Tuesday through Saturday.  Reservations are welcome and can be made by calling 413-443-1234. 


The following is the full text of Downing’s nomination, which led to Spice’s 2007 Restaurant of the Year RAMAES award:


Spice is the ideal candidate for the RAMAES' 2007 Restaurant of the Year award. The restaurant, located in downtown Pittsfield, has quickly established itself as a prime destination for area socialites, the seasoned wine-drinking crowd and those who appreciate fine food and service in Berkshire County.  More importantly, the success of Spice represents a rebirth that has come to define economic growth in Pittsfield, the center of Berkshire County.  Having renovated the previously unoccupied site of Besse Clark - a retail staple in Pittsfield's once great downtown, an upscale purveyor of clothing, sporting goods and general merchandise - Spice has become symbolic of the type of revitalization that is spreading quickly throughout the City and helping to fuel the region's growing creative economy.  The circa 1840's four story building that houses Spice is widely considered a flagship building on historic North Street.  Now newly renovated and sporting mahogany trim and welcoming bright red awnings, it is home to the region's ultimate destination for fine American food.  The success of Spice - fine dining for blue collar Pittsfield, truly shows that Pittsfield is back.




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