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The popular hamburger chain Five Guys is expanding — but not to a location on Court Street in Downtown, as was wrongly reported by a number of blogs on Thursday.

“It’s not true, but I wish it were,” said Craig Cohen, the owner of the Five Guys Burger and Fries franchises in Brooklyn.

Cohen added that he had been in negotiations for the space, formerly occupied by Busy Chef, whose manager Dan Kaufman was arrested last year for allegedly ripping off customers, but “the landlord wanted way too much money,” he said.

The landlord is Abraham Gerges, the acting administrative judge of the state Supreme Court, who also denied the incessant blog chatter.

“It’s not Five Guys, but I have rented the space already,” Gerges told The Brooklyn Paper.

Gerges would not say who the new tenant will be.

“When they’re ready to release it, they’ll release it,” said Gerges, a former City Councilman who has made recent appearances in The Brooklyn Paper for his current oversight of the Downtown courthouse.

Despite the Court Street deal falling through, Cohen said he is actively looking at other locations to expand on a fast-growing chain that has Brooklyn locations on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights, Seventh Avenue in Park Slope and on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge.

Cohen said his Downtown focus is on Metrotech and along Fulton Mall, as well as looking further down Court Street in Cobble Hill, and in Atlantic Terminal in Fort Greene.

“We’re absolutely expanding in Brooklyn, and we’re looking at locations as we speak,” Cohen said. “We’re trying to get inside Metrotech; that’s one of our top priorities.”

Cohen said he hopes to open new locations in about six months, depending on how the market settles.

Updated 5:10 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Pat from Bay Ridge says:
PLEASE come to the Wall Street area too!
Jan. 23, 2009, 1:32 pm
jim from downtown says:
Why don't you look into Abraham Gerges involvement in the busy chef with Alan Young?
Jan. 23, 2009, 5:34 pm
Publius from Bklyn Hgs says:
"Incessant blog chatter." I love it!

Just a reporter who's trying to justify her paid employment in the Age of the Blog.

For every 1 item a blog gets wrong, there's 999 they get right. Compare that with any newspaper, where the reporting is generally 1/3 incorrect all of the time.
Jan. 24, 2009, 12:42 pm
Carroway from Prospect Heights says:
Hey Publius those sound like very scientific numbers. What does your research say about how often people who comment on stories are correct?
Jan. 25, 2009, 1:33 pm
Publius from Bklyn Heights says:
There's a recent study that says 4 out of 5 studies are incorrect. ;-)
Jan. 25, 2009, 3:34 pm
Dave from PS says:
Abe Gerges who in his position has direct and indirect control over RE in Brooklyn is actively self-managing his properties - nice...when are the papers ever going to report on the ethical and criminal violations by dis-honest Abe and his criminal crony Edward Rappaport????
Jan. 26, 2009, 11:11 am
jim from downtown says:
It is amazing that no one reports on Abe Gerges and his illegal business dealings with Alan Young. Fear perhaps?
Jan. 28, 2009, 5:35 pm
Monster Man from NYC says:
Worked there at the highest of levels. We have all been victims of a cult like plan. The truth is in the pudding....
July 14, 2009, 1:44 am

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