Atlanta-based organic burger chain Farm Burger opens its seventh Atlanta-area location Thursday, April 22, in the former Yeah! Burger space in Virginia-Highland. And it plays host to the new neighborhood farmers market on Thursday afternoons in its parking lot.
Yeah! Burger owners Kelly Wallace and Erik Maier closed the Virginia-Highland location in August last year after nearly a decade there. Wallace and Maier are renovating the Westside Provisions District Yeah! Burger.
Founded in 2010 by George Frangos and farmer and rancher Jason Mann, Farm Burger uses “100% grass-fed beef” in its burgers, which is dry-aged, ground fresh, and cooked-to-order. The restaurant also serves vegetarian burgers made from quinoa as well as chicken and pork-based patties and offers mostly local beers, boozy milkshakes, and a small selection of wine on the menu.
Frangos says he was drawn to the old gas station building on North Highland Avenue because of its “unique” history and ample outdoor seating on the patio. The Virginia-Highland location features a mural of Farm Burger’s mascot Sparkles the cow.
“Getting to open our doors on Earth Day [April 22] is really special since our ethos is to serve people and the planet better. We’re thrilled to partner with the Virginia Highland Community Farmers Market,” Frangos says in a press release. “Cultivating community is what matters most to us and having the opportunity to link arms with like-minded organizations is such a special aspect to this new location in the Virginia Highland neighborhood.”
The Virginia Highland Community Farmers Market — the newest market from Community Farmers Markets in collaboration with Farm Burger and the VaHi District Association — takes place every Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the parking lot at Farm Burger. One of the market vendors selling seasonal flowers and soaps is Gold Lion Farms, owned and operated by Farm Burger executive chef Cameron Thompson and his wife Hannah. SNAP benefits are accepted at all Community Farmers Markets throughout Atlanta and online. Masks are required at all markets.
Chef Nick Melvin of upcoming Kirkwood burrito joint and market Poco Loco ATL plans to offer his burritos from a stand in the parking lot at the new Virginia-Highland Farm Burger. If all goes well there, he could expand the burrito stand pop-up to other Farm Burger locations in Atlanta.
Farm Burger currently includes seven locations throughout Atlanta, with two locations each in Tennessee and North Carolina, and one restaurant in Alabama.