This Filipino Restaurant to Bring ‘Burgers and Chismis’ to 143 Orchard Street
From fashion to Filipino fare.
Giselle owner David Nissim relocated his eponymous fashion boutique down the block to 125 Orchard Street two summers ago. The former store at 143 Orchard, like the building itself, has been subject to nearly two years of renovations. Hidden for as long behind scaffolding and sidewalk shed. Now, a new Filipino joint is angling to take the spot.
The new venture is tentatively called “Burgers and Chismis,” and carries a Filipino menu with dishes like BBQ ribs, Spam burgers, and roasted bone marrow (full menu below). It’ll boast twelve tables and thirty-eight seats. Hours sought are Tuesday through Sunday, 5pm to 1am. Relative unknowns Stephen Young and chef Shane Walsh are the proprietors and they’re hoping for a full liquor license in an overly-saturated area.
And just like that, another Hell Square storefront – formerly retail – is potentially switching to booze.
As for the remaining construction up above, it’s still going strong. According to Department of Buildings records, the five-story tenement at 143 Orchard Street – initially zoned for commercial use on all floors – will be converted to residential. The $945,000 project includes chopping total floor area into 4,689 square-feet for apartments and the remaing 1,026 square-feet for this new tenant. There are seven units planned for the transformed property, or approximately 670 square-feet per unit; plus rooftop access for residents.