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YEAH! BURGER, a burger joint from restaurateur Shaun Doty and business partner Erik Maier, is opening in Virginia-Highland.
Taking over the California Autobuff high-end car detailer on the corner of Virginia and Highland, the build-out will begin May 1 for a summer opening.
This will be the second location for the YEAH! BURGER concept. The first YEAH! BURGER has plans for a spring opening at White Provision on the Westside, sharing space with Garden. YEAH! BURGER will act as a fast serve restaurant serving burgers with a, fix it yourself, toppings bar.
Michael Bartholomew, the owner of California Autobuff, is excited to announce the concept for their newest location that will replace the Virginia Highland spot.
“We turned over our lease to Shaun’s after they pursued it very aggressively. They are paying an exorbitant amount of money to be there,” Bartholomew told what now, atlanta?.
After being in business for nine years at their Virginia Highland location, Bartholomew feels that this opportunity was perfect considering the decline in traffic over the past two years. “We can expand our brand by moving to an area with more traffic,” he said.
When asked about the process for ending their lease and transferring it to Doty, Bartholomew said, “there’s a common saying about Shaun Doty. ‘What Shaun Doty wants is what Shaun Doty gets.’”
Interestingly enough, Goin’ Costal, a restaurant concept out of Canton replacing FIGO Pasta, lost their parking to YEAH! BURGER. The parking originally belonged to FIGO Pasta.
As for the new California Autobuff, there are plans for upgrading the concept to include an “Italian coffee and pastry shop” as well as a “bike rental,” according to Bartholomew.
Specializing in high-end car detailing, Bartholomew is reaching out to some “local restaurateurs” who “you would know in an instant” to provide a unique experience for customers.
California Autobuff will operate as a place where you can grab a coffee and dessert while your car is being detailed and where you can get on a bike, free of charge, and go for a ride in Piedmont Park.
The new California Autobuff, though the location is disclosed at this time, will open in an estimated, 60 days — roughly the timeline for YEAH! BURGER.