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Popular Forest Hills Restaurant Bonfire Grill Closes on Austin Street

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | February 19, 2015 5:11pm
 Bonfire Grill on Austin Street closed earlier this month.
Bonfire Grill on Austin Street closed earlier this month.
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QUEENS — A popular restaurant and bar on Austin Street, known for is burgers and cocktails, closed its doors earlier this month, people familiar with the situation said Thursday.

Bonfire Grill, as first reported by Edge of the Cityclosed last week after about 7 years in the area, according to an employee at Two Door Tavern in Williamsburg, the eatery's sister restaurant. 

The employee said he didn't know why Bonfire Grill closed. 

"They always seemed busy," said Leslie Brown, president of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce. "They've been there for a while."

The restaurant, on Austin Street, near 72nd Road, specialized in burgers and wings, as well as ribs and steaks. 

According to Edge of the City, Bonfire Grill was among the eateries that contributed to turning Austin Street into a trendy commercial strip full of restaurants and shops.

"People seem to be upset about [Bonfire Grill closing]," said Florence Lee, who works for Manny's Cleaners located next door. "I think a lot of people really liked this place," she said.

The owners of Bonfire Grill did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.