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Burger Garage is Officially Closed for Good: Owner

Burger Garage 25-36 Jackson Avenue

May 4, 2020 By Christian Murray

The Burger Garage has officially closed.

The restaurant, which opened 10 years ago in a building that was once home to an auto garage, has shut for good and the building where it operated will be bulldozed for a residential development.

The establishment, located at 25-36 Jackson Ave., had dished out freshly grilled burgers, hand-cut French fries and other items since 2010. The restaurant, which closed in March following the outbreak of COVID-19, will not reopen as the lease is coming to an end.

Jim Pileski, who established the restaurant with his brother Adam, said the decade that they ran the business had gone by fast.

“Hard to believe it’s been 10 years,” Pileski said. “Saw a lot over that time. Great neighborhood, Great people. Great memories.”

Pileski said that the property owner, Werwaiss Realty, will be demolishing the building later this year.

Werwaiss, which also owns the adjacent sites, has filed permits to develop those parcels. Its filings have yet to include the 25-36 Jackson Ave. location.

The real estate company filed plans in February to develop a 20-story, mixed use building on those neighboring lots—on an odd shaped parcel that fronts onto Jackson Avenue, Thomson Avenue and 44th Drive. The plan calls for 157 residential units.

The blue area covers the sites located next to the Burger Garage owned by Werwaiss Realty, where plans have been filed to develop a 20-story mixed use building. Werwaiss also owns the lot where the Burger Garage is located. No plans have been filed for this site yet.

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Sad news, I loved that place.. The burgers, craft beers on tap and a friendly staff. Customers were a nice mix as well, construction workers, students, office and court people. Oh well.


I am very sad as this was my go to after I moved here in 2017. Thought they’d be around for a while. They were one of the few places that stayed opened while other places were closed when the lockdown first started. Wish they’d find another location.


Ugh. The last thing this area needs is ANOTHER overpriced residential building.

Billy Fox

A damn shame. I moved to North Carolina in 2014, and the Burger Garage was always my first stop when I came home to visit. Good luck to Jim and Adam and the staff


Real shame. Burger Garage was the first place we ate at after moving into the neighborhood back in 2013. They will be missed.


what a shame….more gentrification…..and hipsters (funny name cause they’re really not hip)


What stores will be left after the virus? We lost burger GarageBand Domino’s and Subway on that one block . Court Sq. Library gone. Citicorp lost LA Gourmet and pizza place and candy store. There will only be half full buildings with so called affordable housing at 2,241 dollars for a studio. What a joke.


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