Canada-Based Big Smoke Burger Signs First NYC Lease

Incoming! Photo: Courtesy of Big Smoke Burger

We first heard that the Ontario-based hamburger chain Big Smoke Burger was headed to New York last year, and it’s just been announced the import has signed a 1,000-square-foot lease at 70 Seventh Avenue, near West 15th Street. Sure, New York is overrun with burger restaurants, and there are thirteen kinds of burgers on the new contender’s menu — bedazzled with everything from “cilantro-feta spread” to havarti — but it also sells a promising, fast-food version of poutine made with Canadian curds and hand-cut fries. Last year, a representative told Grub Street the chain plans to open 50 locations throughout the U.S. within the next five years. [Crain’s, Earlier]