Denver Burger Joint Takes Over Former Site of 77-Year-Old NYC Diner

Denver-based fast-food casual dining chain Smashburger recently leased out the former space of Manhattan’s local, family-owned Burger Heaven.

Burger Heaven closed its doors in February 2020, after more than 77 years in business. The Denver-based chain leased the 4,957 square foot space for $47,000 a month, which features three floors. Smashburger will also occupy the space formerly held by ice cream shop Cool Mess. According to Winick Realty Group, this is a 10-year deal. The location, 804 Lexington Ave., on the corner of E. 62nd St., poses as prime leasing space in a Manhattan, just three blocks east of Central Park.

Dimitri Dellis, whose family owns the property and owned Burger Heaven, said the rise of delivery was why his business failed.  They were unable to keep up with the culture of grab-and-go. Burger Heaven’s location numbers dwindled from six in 2009 to three in 2012. 

Several celebrities visited the restaurant throughout the years. ABC Evening News host Barbara Walters, Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and her son, John F. Kennedy Jr., and many others have eaten there.

The Lexington Ave. and E. 62nd St. location will be Smashburger’s first in Manhattan. The burger chain has six locations throughout the Bronx and Brooklyn.

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