Burger On Smith at 209 Smith Street in Boerum Hill seemed to be closed. Sure enough, when I walked past last Sunday, the place was empty and the door locked, though it was Mother's Day and every other eatery on Smith Street was busy.
When Burger on Smith opened in January 2012, Kyle Huebbe and Blessing Schuman-Strange, the culinary team behind the farm-to-table eatery, described the menu as "New American, but elevated."
Their burgers were made from grass-fed beef, ground daily and supplied by a local butcher.
Obviously, they could not compete with all the new burger joints that opened in the neighborhood, though Huebbe beat out four other contestants to win Brooklyn Paper's first Burger Bash contest in 2009.
This is the second restaurant to call it quits at this location. Before Burger On Smith, it was the home of Faan, one of the first Asian-Fusion eateries in the neighborhood.
Are you surprised at the closing or was it predictable?