Pittsfield's Spice Dragon restaurant to close doors during hotel construction
PITTSFIELD -- Spice Dragon, the upscale Asian fusion eatery on North Street, will close its doors on Sunday as construction gets underway on a hotel upstairs, according to owner Thang Huynh.
The upscale 45-room "Hotel on North," to be located above Spice Dragon and the adjacent Mad Jack's restaurant at 273 North St., is scheduled to open next spring.
"With the hotel construction going on and the dust and everything I thought it was a good time to take a break," Huynh said. "I will revisit everything after the construction is complete."
With construction and parking issues resulting from the building of the hotel, "the timing is bad for me," Huynh said. "It's a good time to go out at the end of the [summer] season."
Spice Dragon opened during the summer of 2011 shortly after Jae's Spice closed in the same location. The first restaurant at that location, Spice, was open from 2006 through 2008.
Huynh said Spice Dragon is doing well, and that his decision has nothing to do with financial reasons.
"Believe it or not, we're the only restaurant that has survived in that spot," he said. "All my vendors have been paid."
Spice Dragon has roughly 40 employees, Huynh said. Some of have gotten other jobs. Several employees are students who are planning to go back to school.
The others will be laid off, Huynh said, but "maybe down the road they will come back."
Huynh, who was trained at the Culinary Institute of America, also operates a restaurant in the state of Florida. His brother, Huy, runs 20 Railroad Street in Great Barrington.
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