Wylie Dufresne

Six Years Later, Dewey Dufresne’s ‘BYGGYZ’ Finally Opens on Clinton Street

Last modified September 21, 2017 at 11:31 am

Don’t hold your breath any longer, for the time is here. Dewey Dufresne’s sandwich shop, BYGGYZ, finally debuted on the Lower East Side. The promise is fulfilled. BYGGYZ opened at 37-39 Clinton Street yesterday afternoon for the lunchtime rush. Truth be told, it bears an old-school, albeit welcome, deli counter vibe. (The previous tenant was […]

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Wylie Dufresne will Help his Dad Open ‘BYGGYZ’ Sandwich Shop this Summer

Posted June 22, 2015 at 5:14 am

One Dufresne moves out, another moves in. So it goes on upper Clinton Street where the elder Dufresne is poised to return in the wake of his son’s forced departure. Yes, Dewey Dufresne is back on the block more than fifteen years after first opening the acclaimed 71 Clinton Fresh Food in 1999, and inadvertently launching […]

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Wylie Dufresne’s Dad to Open BYGGYZ Sandwich Shop on Clinton Street

Posted March 24, 2015 at 5:18 am

Wylie Dufresne (and WD-50) may have departed Clinton Street, but his dad, Dewey, is entering the ever-evolving restaurant row. You read that right. The elder Dufresne is taking over the former bodega at 37-39 Clinton, John’s Deli, to unleash a long-delayed sandwich shop called BYGGYZ. Apparently this concept has been in the works for three […]

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WD-50 Boarded Up; Demolition Permits Filed for 50 Clinton Street

Posted December 23, 2014 at 5:32 am

Chef Wylie Dufresne penned his final farewell to Clinton Street on Saturday, tweeting simply “Adios amigo … thank you.” The communique followed shortly after the interior furnishings were auctioned. Days later, WD-50, his culinary home for over a decade, was boarded up by a pair of contractors. A signal that takedown of 50 Clinton is […]

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A Post-mortem for WD-50 on Clinton Street [PHOTOS]

Posted December 5, 2014 at 5:33 am

And now, a post-mortem for WD-50 on Clinton Street, which concluded its eleven-year run this past Sunday. We ambled past yesterday evening only to find owner-chef Wylie Dufresne packing up the establishment that truly put him on the map. Geographically and culinarily. Dufresne and his team were loading up boxes in plain sight (i.e. floor-to-ceiling […]

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WD-50 Says Goodbye to the Lower East Side with Farewell Photo and Letter in the Window

Posted November 24, 2014 at 6:09 am

As we’ve been closely chronicling for the better part of the last year, WD-50 and the adjacent Clinton Street properties will soon fall for luxury condo development. One by one, each of the businesses along this low-rise stretch of real estate shuttered/moved, with Wylie Dufresne’s baby being the last. The restaurant will close at the […]

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Report: Wylie Dufresne Seeks New Home for WD-50 in Face of 7-Story ‘Cool Luxury’ Replacement

Posted October 6, 2014 at 6:03 am

With the recent record sale of 50 Clinton Street ($28 million) and its imminent conversion to a 7-story condo building, celeb chef Wylie Dufresne is in search mode. His pioneering, decade-old restaurant WD-50 closes on November 30, and is not part of the proposed development. So the hunt is reportedly on for a new home. When […]

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WD-50 Will Close on November 30 to Make Way for 7-Story Development

Posted June 11, 2014 at 5:19 am

Despite constant assurances to the contrary, the chatter about WD-50 closing was in fact truth. So, after more than a decade in business, the Clinton Street pioneer (and gentrifier) will be closing its doors come fall. Owner-chef Wylie Dufresne casually dropped the bombshell news via Twitter last night. The last day will be November 30; you […]

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Permits Filed for 7-Story Building at 50-52 Clinton Street; Will WD-50 Hang On?

Last modified April 10, 2014 at 7:49 am

Signs keep pointing to demise for WD-50, despite chef Wylie Dufresne’s numerous assurances to the contrary. It’s not just the appearance of a Davey Drill, though. Owner-developer Icon Realty Management filed permits with the DOB yesterday for its new seven-story building at 50-62 Clinton Street. The structure spells the end for the low-rise strip between […]

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WD-50 is Safe After Underground Fire Last Night

Posted December 31, 2010 at 11:34 am

Last night, an underground fire shut down WD-50 at 50 Clinton Street.  Diners were quickly evacuated.  This morning, Grub St brings word that everything is safe at the Wylie Dufresne restaurant.  A restaurant rep told reporters that “the fire itself was apparently at the corner of Clinton and Rivington Streets, and it caused the carbon […]

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