Dewey Dufresne Shutters ‘BYGGYZ’ After Less than a Year on Clinton Street

Posted on: June 26th, 2018 at 5:06 am by

A little more than nine months after its debut, Dewey Dufresne’s over-hyped gourmet sandwich counter, BYGGYZ, just bottomed out. It’ll close for good next Sunday (July 1).

The name will live on, though, with residencies at Smorgasburg East River Park on Saturdays, as well as the forthcoming Smorgasburg in Prospect Park.

In retrospect, the eatery spent more time during build-out than serving the Lower East Side. Indeed, the project was first announced nearly three years ago when the lease on Clinton Street was signed, yet didn’t see light of day until September 2017.

This was supposed to be the elder Dufresne’s Clinton Street homecoming, an area that spawned his 71 Clinton Fresh Foods (and launched the career of his son Wylie).

BYGGYZ catered to the foodie set, and nowhere was that more indicative than in the pricing. Too aggressive given its location on Clinton Street. Even if the whole area is getting glitzed. Plus, the eatery was only open five days a week.

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