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Bootsies, closed?

Steinfilled Dec 19, 2006 12:23 AM

Does anyone know if Bootsies, the gourmet hamburger place on 19th St. is closed? They weren't open very long and they weren't very busy either.

  1. joypirate Dec 19, 2006 01:01 AM

    It was always very slow when I went in. I really, really wanted to like this place but had one ho-hum hot dog, and one ho-hum burger. The buns were awful, big, bready pumpernickel something-or-others that swallowed up the meat. The 'hotdog lover's sauce' was a cloying, grocery-store-bbq-esque glop that I, as a hotdog lover, couldn't believe they thought tasted good.

    Honestly, a sesame bun would've been better, and possibly could've saved this place. And they were 2 for 2 in messing up my order. And, like I said, it was empty.

    I hate to say it, but 5 Guys beat them easily. I think they were jumping the gun on franchising this place before they even got their act together to have a good product.

    1. h
      Hardart Dec 19, 2006 02:53 PM

      I was a fan of the food, but not of the prices or long waits. If it's closed, it's a shame, but not a big shame.

      1. c
        cussbucket Dec 19, 2006 02:59 PM

        To answer your original question, if they are closed, Foobooz.com reports:

        Bootsie’s, the natural fast food spot on 19th Street has closed. A sign in the window claims they will re-open in the first week of 2007 as “a full service restaurant featuring a Continental and Mediterranean menu, including steak and other great creations.”

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        1. re: cussbucket
          bluehensfan Dec 19, 2006 05:43 PM

          Sounds like an about face to me. Unfortunately (?) I never made it to Bootsie's. I wonder what the new place will be called and since they have been charging an arm and a leg for a burger, I would venture that those steaks won't be cheap. The mediterranean part sounds fascinating though...isn't the chef from Waterworks looking for a job?

          1. re: cussbucket
            Steinfilled Dec 20, 2006 01:38 AM

            I saw the sign and it said it was re-opening in January as a Mediteranian restaurant but keeping the burger and dogs. The burgers were good (albeit expensive) but the comment about the bun is funny. It was almost too healthy.

            And Jolly's on 19th closed about a month ago.

          2. c
            Cruz Dec 19, 2006 06:49 PM

            I must have missed it -- did Adan Trinidad leave Waterworks? Who is cooking there now? I really enjoyed Trinidad's menu (though, based on the published reviews, I was the only one who did).

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            1. re: Cruz
              Buckethead Dec 19, 2006 07:38 PM

              Ed Doherty is in the kitchen now AFAIK.

            2. Tonyjlive Dec 19, 2006 10:30 PM

              I was just on Foobooze and noticed the article on Bootsie's. It mentioned Jolly's also closing and at the end of the story, "How's Tragos doing?" Funny that was mentioned as I heard from the same person who filled me in on the Bootsie's gossip that Tragos is going to be up for rent also...for a mere $18k a month.

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