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Roberta’s Burger Offshoot Ends Its Brief, Greasy Run After Less Than a Year

The East Williamsburg restaurant championing “burger joints of the past” is now a burger joint of the past

The exterior of a restaurant whose glass windows are decorated with illustrations of burgers and black, stylized lettering that reads “Burgie’s”
Burgie’s, a burger shop and bar, in East Williamsburg.
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Burgie’s, the Roberta’s pizza-backed burger joint in East Williamsburg, has closed its doors less than a year after opening, an employee at Roberta’s in Bushwick confirmed to Eater. The restaurant at 198 Randolph Street, near Gardner Avenue, in East Williamsburg, has been marked closed on Yelp and its Instagram page has been deleted or renamed. Eater has reached out to Roberta’s co-owner Carlo Mirarchi for more information on the closure.

Mirarchi and co-owner Brandon Hoy opened Burgie’s last December, first as a takeout and delivery business and, later, as a sit-down restaurant that also served cocktails. The business was inspired by their popular burger at Roberta’s, a six-ounce patty adorned with American cheese. At Burgie’s, the team switched things up with a thinner, smash burger-style patty topped with onions, pickles, and Thousand Island dressing. Despite rave reviews for the burgers at Roberta’s, the ones served here flew mostly under the radar.

It’s not clear if Mirarchi and Hoy intended Burgie’s to be a permanent restaurant. “If things go well, we could see ourselves staying,” Hoy told the New York Times when the storefront opened in December.

Burgie’s opened in the Block, a warehouse development owned by a friend of the owners that also houses a Vans-affiliated indoor skatepark. Back in 2018, Chicha Cafetín and Cocktails, a colorful Nicaraguan restaurant and cocktail bar, opened in the same space, and closed less than a year later despite early, encouraging reviews.

Jackie Carnesi, the opening chef at Burgie’s and a longtime employee of Roberta’s, moved on from the restaurant earlier this year. She’s now spearheading the kitchen at Nura in Greenpoint, a forthcoming Mediterranean restaurant from the team behind Otis in Bushwick. “My food has been reviewed plenty of times,” the chef told Grub Street ahead of the opening. “But never with my name attached to it.”

Roberta’s Bushwick and Domino Park locations remain open.

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