Atlanta-based organic burger chain Farm Burger joins other Atlanta restaurants, like Nick’s Westside and Local Green, in launching a ghost kitchen. Debuting this week at Farm Burger’s Buckhead location, Farm Birds is a takeout and delivery-only restaurant serving Southern fried chicken sandwiches.
The menu for Farm Birds was created by Farm Burger head chef Cameron Thompson, along with Atlanta chefs Dan Latham and Nick Melvin (Poco Loco pop-up). For now, Farm Birds features just three fried chicken sandwiches: the original crispy fried, lemon pepper wet, and Nashville hot. Chicken is brined in sweet tea and served on a brioche bun from Norcross bakery Masada Bakery.
Sticking with Farm Burger’s use of organic and grassfed meats for its burgers and sandwiches, Farm Birds partnered with Cooks Venture to provide the restaurant with pasture-raised, heirloom poultry. Farm Burger founder George Frangos and Cooks Venture founder Matthew Wadiak have known each other for 20 years and met while working at a restaurant in New York City.
“The pandemic kicked our creativity up a notch and Farm Birds is a direct result of that,” Frangos says in a prepared statement. “What started as an idea about seven years ago has come to life in the form of a ghost kitchen, pop-up and delivery service all rolled into one. Our relationship with Cooks Venture has been cultivated for years and it’s been cool to watch it come full circle through Farm Birds.”
Farm Birds is one of a number of virtual restaurants popping up at shared kitchen facilities around Atlanta or as a separate concept launched by an existing restaurant.
Chef Nick Leahy recently opened delivery-only restaurant Chicken Out from his full-service Brady Avenue restaurant Nick’s Westside. Yumbii owner Carson Young opens his takeout and delivery restaurant the Queso Shop this winter in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood. That restaurant features a walk-up takeout window and offers a variety of cheese dips, as well as tacos, nachos, and quesadillas. Vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian restaurant Local Green, owned by Atlanta hip hop industry veteran Zachary “Big Zak” Wallace, now includes a takeout and delivery location at the 800 Forrest Neighborhood Kitchen facility in Berkeley Park.
In December, San Francisco Bay-area delivery-only restaurant Man vs Fries opened on Spring Street in Midtown, serving build-your-own straight-cut or curly fry concoctions as loaded French fry plates, burritos, or quesadillas.