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Belly Burger Takes Over Former Home of Oliver’s

Susan Post Susan Post Belly Burger Takes Over Former Home of Oliver’sBelly Burger is now open Downtown - All photos by Susan Post
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Goodbye Oliver’s, hello Belly Burger. A new concept has taken over the Downtown restaurant at 26 N. High St.

Tucked in the alley just off High, Belly Burger will offer a streamlined menu of, you guessed it, burgers. The signature dish can be stacked as a single, double or triple and the adventurous can add cheese. There’s a lone Cluck – a chicken sandwich – and French Fries are seasoned with salt & pepper.

To pair with their burgers, diners can opt for a Cheerwine Slushie (a cherry soda popular in the South) and make it boozy with the addition of whiskey. They lineup of hand-dipped Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry Milkshakes can also be amped up with alcohol.

The fast-casual joint will be counter service only (plus bar seating), with eats also available to-go. Belly Burger will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, and include a daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. with various drink specials.

The interior of the restaurant has seen a makeover from its days as Oliver’s Burgers, Steaks & Bourbon, which opened in 2014. About a year ago, original owner Yavonne Sarber passed the reins over to new owners Jeff Kover and Kevin Hamm. Operations continued as Oliver’s until September of this year, when Belly Burger General Manager Shelly Haynes says Kover and Hamm decided to close the restaurant and create a totally new concept that was more their style.

Haynes wants diners to feel at home in the new space – and not be afraid to indulge in a big, greasy burger.

Belly Burger will be open from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m Friday and Saturday.

For more information, visit belly-burger.com.

The colorful murals from the restaurant’s days as Oliver’s remain on the exterior
Columbus collective Blank Walls R Gross painted murals in the space
The owners updated the seating layout of the restaurant
Games will fill the shelves to offer diners some entertainment
Belly Burger will offer a daily happy hour from 4 – 7 p.m.
Another mural by Blank Walls R Gross
Belly Burger is ready for Downtown diners
The Cheerwild teams up a Cheerwine Slushie with Wild Turkey 101
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