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Locally-sourced grass-fed burger joint Farm Burger on Thursday announced plans to open an outpost in Virginia-Highland. The restaurant will replace YEAH! Burger, at 1017 North Highland Avenue NE, and is slated to open in spring 2021. Farm Burger Co-Founder George Frangos acquired the space for $325,000 which was originally a car wash. Frangos was “drawn to the iconic building’s character, vibrant locale, and spacious patio,” according to the announcement.
“We were attracted to the opportunity to house a Farm Burger inside this space, not only because of its unique history but also because of the emphasis on community and connection in this neighborhood,” Frangos said. “That’s what our ethos is truly built on. We’re excited to tailor the atmosphere to our style and take advantage of the extensive outdoor patio that will allow us to provide a safe dining experience for guests.”
The Virginia-Highland location will be the seventh Farm Burger restaurant in Georgia, joining locations in Decatur, Dunwoody, Buckhead, Grant Park, inside Midtown Atlanta Whole Foods Market, and inside Mercedez-Benz Stadium. Earlier this year the company closed its Peachtree Corners location citing the novel coronavirus pandemic. The fast-casual eatery also has restaurants in Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee, bringing its total footprint to 12 locations across four states.
Founded in 2010 by organic rancher Jason Mann and restaurateur Frangos, Farm Burger bills itself as an ethical burger restaurant group “committed to leading the fast-casual industry in forging a sustainable food future.” Its meat is sourced through relationships with regional ranchers, farmers, and suppliers, and used to craft 100 percent grass-fed, grass-finished beef burgers, while serving pasture-raised meats, seasonal salads, and other locally sourced menu items with an emphasis on in-house production of pickles, specialty sauces, and sides.
“YEAH! Burger and Farm Burger have worked in tandem over the last decade to advance Atlanta’s Good Food movement, and they have done a fantastic job of cultivating community here in Virginia-Highland,” Frangos said. “We’re excited to continue advocating for those efforts by serving local grass-fed beef and thoughtfully-sourced food to the neighborhood.”