After closing in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Yeah! Burger in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood will not reopen. The nearly decade-old restaurant on North Highland Avenue, owned by Kelly Wallace and Erik Maier, is currently listed by the Shumacher Group for $325,000 with all its furnishings and equipment.
Several readers reached out with concerns that Yeah! Burger was closing at the Howell Mill Road development after seeing the dining room and patio cleared out and workmen inside the restaurant. A representative for Yeah! Burger confirmed the restaurant is undergoing a much-needed renovation for its 10-year anniversary and will reopen this fall.
“Our Virginia-Highland location was ready for a total renovation as well, which is time consuming. We took an honest look at what we had on our plate for the remainder of 2020, and next year, and decided that we needed to focus on our other projects,” Maier writes in an email to Eater. “This was not an easy decision and we would like to sincerely thank the Virginia-Highland community for their support and patronage over the past 9 ½ years. We’ve been proud to serve the neighborhood.”
When it reopens this fall, the Westside Yeah! Burger location will feature new decor and a new menu. A second Upbeet is also in the works. Maier declined to provide an exact location, saying details on where and when the second Upbeet will open are “forthcoming.”
Kinship, a combination butcher shop, marketplace, and cafe, opens this fall in the VA-HI building in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood. The butchery and sundries shop joins Paolo’s Gelato and forthcoming pizzeria Pizza by the Slice in the circa-1910 building at the corner of Virginia and North Highland avenues. The latter is a Sicilian-style pizza joint owned by O4W Pizza proprietor Anthony Spina. Pizza by the Slice should also open later this fall.
Update, August 10, 2:30 p.m.: This story has been updated with new comments and information from co-owner Erik Maier.