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5 Napkin Burger Closes Astoria Location

 5 Napkin Burger closed its Astoria location, at 35-01 36th St., on Dec. 12, 2013.
5 Napkin Burger closed its Astoria location, at 35-01 36th St., on Dec. 12, 2013.
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ASTORIA — Queens burger lovers were mourning Monday as the mini-chain 5 Napkin Burger announced the closing of its Astoria location.

"After three years, we have decided to close the 5 Napkin Burger in Astoria," a statement from the company read. "It was a hard decision to make as we have enjoyed being part of the community, but we are eager now to focus on other growth opportunities for 5 Napkin Burger in New York City and beyond."

News of the closing was first reported by the local blog We Heart Astoria, eliciting a bevy of comments from bummed-out burger fans on the blog's Facebook page.

The Astoria 5 Napkin Burger opened in 2010 at 35-01 36th St. off of 35th Avenue, near the Kaufman Astoria Studios complex. It was officially closed as of Monday, a spokeswoman for the company said.

5 Napkin Burger has three other sites in Manhattan, as well as a location in Boston and another in Miami.

Owners Andy D’Amico, Simon Oren and Robert Guarino opened the original location in Hell's Kitchen as a spin-off from Upper West Side eatery Nice Matin, where the "5 Napkin Burger," — 10 ounces of  ground chuck topped with Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions and a rosemary aioli — was the most popular item on the menu.

According to the company's statement, many staff members at the Astoria restaurant will be relocated to other 5 Napkin Burger locations and or to a sister restaurant in Oren's Tour de France restaurant group. 

"We appreciate the enthusiasm of our guests, and want to thank you again for your support and we hope to see you soon in Manhattan," the statement read.