After 30 years in business, Ben Benson's is calling it quits. The restaurant's last day will be Father's Day, June 17. The Wall Street Journal reports that business has been down at the old-timer steakhouse for the past few years, and the owners of the building recently refused to renew the lease. Although Ben Benson's doesn't have the same name recognition as restaurants like Peter Luger or Keens, apparently it still has its fair share of loyal customers.
Owner Ben Benson opened a string of restaurants with Alan Stillman early in his career, but he refused to franchise his eponymous steakhouse, even going so far as to publish an ad in the Times that read: "There will never, never, never be another Ben Benson's." He notes that other restaurateurs have reached out in the hopes of potentially reviving the steakhouse at another location. Benson is amenable to the idea, but he says that he doesn't "want to go as far south as 34th Street."
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