YEAH! BURGER Is Going Completely Plant-Based in Dramatic Retooling

When the restaurant reopens in fall 2021, aside from the name remaining, all else from the menu to the space will have been refreshed.

There is an update to this post: Where's The Beef? Back On The Menu at YEAH! BURGER

YEAH! BURGER Is Going Completly Plant-Based in Dramatic Retooling
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When YEAH! BURGER’s lone restaurant reopens in fall 2021 in West Midtown, Owners Erik Maier and Kelly Wallace will have completely removed any trace of animal products from its menu — a dramatic shift for a burger joint known for its high-quality and sustainable meat patties.

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Maier and Wallace in making the change to a completely plant-based menu are also rebranding YEAH! BURGER including everything from its color pallete to its logo to its slogan, all while “sticking to our values, of course!,” like keeping its items GMO-free.

YEAH! BURGER’s new menu — shared with What Now Atlanta for reference only — will offer breakfast all day, salads, sammiches, burgers (all made with Beyond Burger patties), veggie burgers, dogs & brats, and chicken (house-made golden fried chicken and Beyond Meat chicken tenders.)

The YEAH! BURGER space, at 1168 Howell Mill Rd NW, has been shuttered since the start of the pandemic, with Maier and Wallace using the downtime to renovate the space from top to bottom.

“Initially, my idea for Yeah Burger was sustainable food,” Maier told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “When I came up with the idea, sustainable meant grass-fed beef. But, the impetus was to launch an environmentally friendly restaurant. The biggest trend right now in food — from a consumer and investment standpoint — is plant-based. Plant-based food, from a production standpoint, is the healthiest for the planet and our customers.”

YEAH! BURGER West Midtown is the last remaining location of a once fast-growing chain. Its second storefront, at 1017 N. Highland Ave., is now a Farm Burger.

It’s likely that in this new format Maier and Wallace will expand YEAH! BURGER to new locations, although the duo “don’t have a second location identified,” Wallace told What Now Atlanta via email.

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Correction: an earlier version of this article incorrectly listed YEAH! BURGER’s Virginia-Highland location as its original storefront. It was the second.

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc. Check out our publications in your city: Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Orange County, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Tampa.

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  1. Wish them the best but they will be losing a lot of customers with this change. I won’t go back.

  2. Vegan burgers can be just as good if not better than meat burgers – Slutty Vegan has proved this. Personally, I’m excited about this change.

  3. Yes!!! This is AMAZING! Much better for our health, the planet, and obviously the animals! I cannot WAIT!

  4. Wish RealBurgerLover the best but they will be gaining a customer with this change. I will go back many times.

  5. Very cool. Surprising move but excited to check it out. We have missed them greatly over the last 18 months so that re-opening date cannot come soonenough.

  6. This is so exciting! They were always my favorite of the local burger spots–because of their practices, and specific attention to plant-based diners. This makes me love them so much more. I only wish the Va-Hi location was still around.

  7. The Westside (please stop w the gentrified / falsely named West Midtown marketing bs) location was their first location, no VaHi.

    This honestly sounds terrible. I’ve ate a lot of meals and spent a lot of dollars w Yeah Burger. This is an L.

    1. Anthony, good catch. We made an update to our coverage and issued a correction.

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