A fast-casual burger restaurant located near Boston Common has closed: Griddler’s Burgers & Dogs (134 Boylston St., Boston) has flipped its last patty, and the building that houses the restaurant has reportedly been sold to Emerson College. Griddler’s, which opened in early 2015, was a member of the Boston Nightlife Ventures group, which also includes Somerville’s Southern Kin Cookhouse and Wink & Nod in Boston’s South End.
The original Griddler’s location opened on Cambridge Street (Beacon Hill) in late 2011; that location closed in 2016. The company previously had larger expansion plans, with sights set on other neighborhoods, including Davis Square, but those plans did not come to pass.
“As a company, we have been shutting down our smaller operations in favor of focusing on our bigger restaurants,” BNV CEO Euz Azevedo told Eater in an email. “We sold the Tap in Faneuil Hall when we had the chance, as the area been slowly dying (Durgin Park’s recent closure is a tell-tale sign).”
Azevedo said the company negotiated a lease termination agreement for the Boylston Griddler’s after the real estate was sold to Emerson College.
“BNV has retired the brand Griddler’s, and we do not have any intention to reopen another burger place,” he said. “Unless BNV were to open multi units of the concept, it does not make business sense to keep a small operation. It’s basically too much headache for little profit.”
Azevedo also cited a difficult labor and real estate market facing local restaurants as influential factors on the success of small operations like Griddler’s. BNV also recently closed Certified Meatball Company in South Boston. It plans to open a different restaurant within the Southie space and is also working on a second location of Southern Kin Cookhouse at an undisclosed address.
Update, 1/4/18, 1:45 p.m.: This story has been updated to reflect new information provided by Boston Nightlife Ventures CEO Euz Azevedo.