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.