Gourmet Burger Joint ‘Benson’s’ Hopes to Reverse the Curse of 179 Essex Street

Posted on: November 11th, 2014 at 5:19 am by
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It was easy to see from the first. When Casa Humo took the torch from Bar Chevere at 179 Essex Street last December, the situation again seemed doomed. After all, this particular address is known for being cursed. At least six establishments have flirted with the commercial space in recent years. Well, the inevitable happened. Again.

Another enterprising hopeful will try to make this place work. According to application documents submitted to Community Board 3 this month, a new fifty-seat “gourmet burger” joint is looking to plant a flag here. Newcomers Annie Morton and David Peterson plan to install Benson’s, which will have a ten-stool bar and eight tables. Not much else to go on at the moment, but the applicants are seeking a continuation of wine and beer privileges. This shouldn’t be a problem for them.

Here is the retail scorecard for the north store of 179 Essex Street: Filthy McNasty’s, 12″, Essex Ale House, Peri Wine Bar, Bar Chevere, and now Casa Humo.

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