Barzinho Calls it Quits After 4 Years on Hester Street

Posted on: November 23rd, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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The sleepy eastern terminus of Hester Street just lost its sole nightspot.

Just like that, Barzinho is gone with the wind. The four-year-old iteration of this Brazilian eatery folded within the last week; leasing signs are taped in the windows. Realtor pimping the space is none other than the bar owner himself, Leo Funderburk.

While a cozy eatery, and quasi-popular with the locals, Barzinho was always off the beaten path. Patrons dined, but rarely was it at capacity. And it always seemed one step away from demise. Over the last couple years, it was fairly common to see random closures for “vacations” without any sort of announcement. Peak hours often closed.

The last scare happened in September 2014 when neighbors reported that Barzinho was cleared and outta commission. Even the marquee and its Barzinho branding were painted white. Turns out, however, that Funderburk was just away on vacation.

Funderburk launched Barzinho at 48 Hester in 2012, two years after the business began at 225 West Broadway. The move to the Lower East Side happened thanks to a city marshal’s seizure of the property in 2011.

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