Georgia’s Eastside BBQ Closes Down, Cites Construction Woes Next Door

Posted on: May 7th, 2018 at 5:03 am by

Georgia’s Eastside BBQ, one of the longer running businesses on the Lower East Side, just faded into the night. The small local business closed up shop yesterday evening after eleven years at 192 Orchard Street.

Principal cause of demise was the constant construction next door on Ben Shaoul’s new luxury condo development. It’s turned the block into a wasteland where little survives.

Owner Alan Natkiel alleges that this construction was partly to blame for the city’s Health Department closure last August.

“Us not being vermin-proof relates to physical damage sustained to the building that includes large visible cracks in the bricks,” Natkiel told us at the time.

Natkiel also blames an increased reliance on delivery services and the surcharges levied per order.

Nine months later, the restaurant is out of business.

Nevertheless, Georgia’s Eastside BBQ will return, but in a different location altogether. Somewhere in New England, as yet unannounced.

Georgia’s first opened at 192 Orchard Street (between Stanton and Houston) back in summer 2007, and became a popular locals spot.

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