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Benjy’s on Washington Will Shutter to Make Way For The Classic

The beloved eatery will be transformed into a neighborhood diner

A rendering of The Classic
Courtesy Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
Amy McCarthy is a reporter at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

At the end of the year, restaurateur Benjy Levit will close his much-beloved eponymous restaurant on Washington Avenue to make way for a brand new concept called The Classic.

Levit announced the news in a press release, saying that the decision to bid adieu to Benjy’s was influenced by a number of factors. “The decision to take Benjy’s on Washington in a new direction was not an easy one, but I feel that it is the right one,” Levit said in a statement. “Following damage caused by a kitchen fire in March and then flooding during Hurricane Harvey, I saw a unique opportunity to cultivate an entirely new concept in the space.”

The Classic will replace Benjy’s sometime next year, after the space is fully renovated by architect Michael Hsu and designer Aaron Rambo. The revamped restaurant will feature new finishes, a 30-seat dining counter, an updated kitchen, and 1,100 square foot patio. Upstairs, a second patio and lounge will serve as space for private events. In order to make the changes, Benjy’s will be closed for “several months,” and staff will be redirected to the outpost of Local Foods that’s expected to open at Heights Mercantile next year.

Details on The Classic’s menu are sparse, but the restaurant is expected to open in summer 2018. To make way, Benjy’s will shutter on December 31, after serving its final Sunday supper.