Benny's Burger Joint Pulls Up Stakes in Collingswood

Sources confirm that Chef Alex Capasso is shopping the concept for his family-friendly establishment.

The throwback murals that line the walls of Benny's Burger Joint are all that remains inside the now-vacant dining room at 712 Haddon Avenue. Credit: Matt Skoufalos.
The throwback murals that line the walls of Benny's Burger Joint are all that remains inside the now-vacant dining room at 712 Haddon Avenue. Credit: Matt Skoufalos.
The lights are out, the room is empty of furniture, and the website is down.

Chef Alex Capasso couldn't be reached for comment, but the signifiers are all there: Benny's Burger Joint, the video-games-and-comfort-food eatery named for his son, has closed its doors for good after just five months.

A listing with Coldwell Banker is asking $125,000 for the business concept alone, which is described as turnkey, with a "great menu and concept which could easily be franchised."

Patric Ciervo of Main Street Realty, who owns the property, confirmed that Capasso is "out of that building," and that "the building itself is turnkey.

"The kitchen’s all set up," Ciervo said; "the hood, the stoves, freezer, walk-ins; a lot of pots and pans, but most of it’s there."

Ciervo said he is seeking to lease the space for $3,800 per month plus utilities, and that he expects to begin "aggressively marketing" the property.

Not counting Capasso's own Blackbird, which departed for a Rittenhouse Square location in Philadelphia, and West Side Gravy, which was shuttered to make room for Benny's Burger Joint, the establishment is the third Collingswood restaurant to close its doors for good in recent months.

Casona of Collingswood did so in October 2013, preceded in February of that year by its neighbor, Little Louie's BBQ.

Philadelphia Inquirer food blogger Michael Klein reported in November that Capasso expects to open his latest establishment, Crow and the Pitcher, this month.
Kevin January 02, 2014 at 07:29 AM
What a shame. Loved the concept and the menu, but if you can't deliver on the plate this was bound to happen. As a burger joint, you need to be able to cook the burgers to the customer's request. Really hoped that this would pick up, need a good burger place in town.
Future Old Angry Italian Guy January 02, 2014 at 10:45 AM
My daughter and I will miss the Galaga game! It was a cool father-daughter connection.
Kevin January 02, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Too bad. I liked the place. I think part of the problem is that the Pour House and Keg & Kitchen both have a burger-focus and are relatively kid-friendly. Parents want a beer with their burger and Benny's couldn't offer that.
Cara Boiler January 02, 2014 at 11:35 AM
I liked the concept too, but we just didn't live the food. After three tries we didn't go back. :(
Mel Sharples January 02, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Pour House and K&K were way better, and didn't have that loud and obnoxious air hockey table. It's been a steady decline that started about 3 months after West Side Gravy opened. Hope he gets his mojo back with the Rittenhouse spot. My lasting memory of this place will be sadly facing up to how much my Frogger skills had eroded.
MJT530 January 03, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Not many families are going to spend $15+ per burger. Add in the cost of the drinks, sides dishes, and video games and you are close to $100 for a family of 4. The gourmet burger fad is on its way out.
Elizabeth Torres Chavez January 07, 2014 at 07:15 PM
As much as we liked the idea the food was terrible.... and expensive! Went three times and then we were over it


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