We all remember when Turkish butcher, chef, food entertainer, and restaurateur Salt Bae (Nusret Gökçe) became an internet sensation five years ago–yes, it’s already been five years–for the pizzazz he added to the mundane task of sprinkling salt on food. *add a little bit of spice*
Well, Salt Bae went on to bigger and better(?) things when he opened his own burger joint at 220 Park Avenue South back in February 2020, but, as we know, all things must come to an end…and that’s apparently the case for Saltbae Burger New York, which reportedly just closed down.
The menu was full of some interesting dishes, such as a $100 wagyu burger topped with gold leaves as well as a golden shake priced at $99. Though not everyone was on board.
A month after opening, the restaurant was dubbed the “worst restaurant in NYC” by Gothamist, who stated the “food was terrible” and “worse than hospital food.”
And food critics at Eater felt the same, stating the menu reminded them of a “more expensive, worst-tasting version of the Black Tap burger chain.”
Though Saltbae Burger New York’s doors apparently won’t be closed for good.
According to Eater, the news was announced via a sign on the door stating the business would be moving to a new location at 412 West 15th Street in the Meatpacking District.
Though it won’t be the restaurant it once was.
Instead, Nusr-Et Steakhouse, which currently occupies that location, will reportedly serve the burger joint’s menu, said a spokesperson for the brand to Eater.
With the closing of the restaurant we can only assume one thing–Salt Bae is probably feeling a bit salty.