I’ve gotten some reports from New Jersey Burger fans that a few of the places I’ve reviewed have gone out of business. Its too bad, because these were two great burger joints.

First off, I’ve heard that Orange Smoke Burgers closed its only location in Piscataway. I’ve called their number listed online and gotten no answer, and according to the posts from fans on their Facebook page the building is empty. Its a shame that the secret to the OSB sauce will be lost forever. Feel free to reminisce about their burgers in my review here.

Perhaps even more surprising was the closure of the Fatburger in Rockaway. They are part of a nationwide chain, so you’d figure that they would fare better in this tough economy compared to the one-off restaurants, but they bit the bullet, too. Apparently, the company has been struggling nationwide, as they’re not the only fast casual burger place around anymore. A quick Google search lists a bunch of the different franchise locations across the country that are closing. Even the Chicago-based location owned by Kanye West had to close its doors, and Lord knows he had the money to keep it open if it was financially viable.

I’m really gonna miss Fatburger because it was one of the tastier better burgers I’ve had. At least the Fatburger located at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City is still open. Next gambling trip, I promise to give them a full review! I did stop at the Rockaway location once during their cross promotion of the Bob’s Burgers TV show on Fox.

The lesson learned here is simple: If we don’t support our local businesses, they’re going to go away. You’ll never see a Mcdonald’s close, trust me. They don’t need your help. Locally owned merchants depend on us, so try and eat locally at a New Jersey owned restaurant if you can.

Thanks to the readers who sent me in the news about the closings. If you see that any place I’ve reviewed has gone out of business, drop me a line a [email protected].