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Burger Garage is Officially Closed for Good: Owner

Burger Garage 25-36 Jackson Avenue (Facebook)

May 4, 2020 By Christian Murray

The Burger Garage has officially closed.

The restaurant, which opened 10 years ago in a building that was once home to an auto garage, has shut for good and the building where it operated will be bulldozed for a residential development.

The establishment, located at 25-36 Jackson Ave., had dished out freshly grilled burgers, hand-cut French fries and other items since 2010. The restaurant, which closed in March following the outbreak of COVID-19, will not reopen as the lease is coming to an end.

Jim Pileski, who established the restaurant with his brother Adam, said the decade that they ran the business had gone by fast.

“Hard to believe it’s been 10 years,” Pileski said. “Saw a lot over that time. Great neighborhood, Great people. Great memories.”

Pileski said that the property owner, Werwaiss Realty, will be demolishing the building later this year.

Werwaiss, which also owns the adjacent sites, has filed permits to develop those parcels. Its filings have yet to include the 25-36 Jackson Ave. location.

The real estate company filed plans in February to develop a 20-story, mixed use building on those neighboring lots—on an odd shaped parcel that fronts onto Jackson Avenue, Thomson Avenue and 44th Drive. The plan calls for 157 residential units.

The blue area covers the sites located next to the Burger Garage owned by Werwaiss Realty, where plans have been filed to develop a 20-story mixed use building. Werwaiss also owns the lot where the Burger Garage is located. No plans have been filed for this site yet.

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Sara Ross

Another residential building? Just what Queens needs, more people. Not!


Just buy whatever meat you like from a butcher or supermarket and make your own damn burger. Save some money, prepare your own meals and know what you are eating. More important things to worry about than an overpriced burger joint that is closing it doors for good. Get into the food truck business and drive around until you find people willing to buy what you are selling. Take out only without worrying about the reduction and cost of seating.


I love a good burger. Going to McDonald’s? Never enters in my mind. That’s not really food that you’re getting there, it’s more of a slightly nutritious food supplement.

Woodside Resident

Sad news. Burger Garage was actually the last meal out I had before the quarantine started. Glad I got to have that fried chicken sandwich and cheese fries. Was always a treat to stop by on my way home from work – real comfort food. Friendly staff and great beer on tap, too. I wish the Pileski brothers well and send my thanks for all the meals I enjoyed there. Hope they’ll open a similar place at another location when we’re on the other side of all this.

Anyone That Read The Article

JS, reading comprehension is not a strong suit for you.


After seeing several renters fly out of the city, why they continue building overpriced “affordable” studios and 1br units?


McDonald’s is giving away free Thank You meals including burgers to our front-line heroes. The rest of us can get them for a buck if we choose too. Hence, over priced burger joints will continue to close until this pandemic is over. Lower your prices for the neighborhood and you might have a better chance of staying open. Many people are not working, unemployed or trying to save money. Over-priced, dumb gimmicks and trends for things like burgers just will not work anymore.

Im downvoting this because you need to see the bigger picture.

ITs not about faceless conglomerates giving out free ‘food’ to first responders and such. Its about INGREDIENTS and QUALITY of the food. This place had friggin brisket! you think you can get that at mikkie d’s? FOR FREE??? stop comparing apples to lettuce.


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