Belly Acres in Overton Square

Country and city convene at Belly Acres.

It’s official. All ages will enjoy an Overton Square outing. With the addition of Belly Acres, a gourmet burger joint that just opened alongside the Tower Courtyard, our assessment is that Overton Square is now as much a daytime/early evening destination for the entire family as it is a nightspot for adults.

Everyone loves to catch a flick at Malco’s Studio on the Square; restaurants like the long-standing Boscos Squared and Memphis Pizza Café, plus summer’s addition of Babalu, are options for any age; the parking garage is tried and true for safety and convenience; and, of course, there is the not-to-be-missed, old-fashioned candy shop, Sweet Noshings. While Overton Square had enough variety to accommodate everyone from toddlers to baby boomers, the very recent opening of Belly Acres simply sealed the deal. Here’s a quick tour of Belly Acres, Overton Square’s newest restaurant as of December 13!

Belly Acres in Overton Square

A picture of a soybean field in Como, MS, covers one wall in the main dining room. | Image credit: Belly Acres

Belly Acres in Overton Square

All ages will enjoy Belly Acres. Here, owner Hayden Wingate is holding Elsie, daughter of Executive Chef Rob Ray.

What is “Citified Farm Fresh”?

The Belly Acres’ “citified farm fresh” approach tweaks the farm-to-table movement by bringing farm-fresh gourmet burgers to the city and using grass-fed beef with creative homemade toppings. Expanding on the idea, the eatery features a fun, farm-themed atmosphere juxtaposed smack-dab in the middle of the city.

Belly Acres in Overton Square

Image credit: Belly Acres

Belly Acres in Overton Square

Filet, portabella mushroom, Swiss and basil pesto on sourdough bread | Image credit: Belly Acres

Willy Wonka meets Old McDonald

From cornstalks to windmills, no corner of this “farm” lies fallow. Restaurant owners Rob Ray, Hayden Wingate, Clayton Templeton, Ben McLean and Stewart Wingate hired Glennys Cowles’ Designs and Walker General Contractors to bring the “citified farm fresh” look to the Overton Square space. A crop duster marks the entrance; a tractor, already popular for photo shoots, is just inside the front door; the soybean field wall is a clever focal point, and artist Melanie Pyron brought the silo room to life with muted lighting and a harvest moon.

Belly Acres in Overton Square

A repurposed World War I racer was transformed to look like a crop duster leaving the farm. | Image credit: Belly Acres

Belly Acres in Overton Square

Many people get their photo taken next to the Belly Acres tractor. During our visit, we snapped a photo of (l to r) owner Clayton Templeton and staff member Ian Hunter as they were greeting guests at the entrance.

Belly Acres in Overton Square

Artist Melanie Pyron brought the silo room to life with muted lighting and a harvest moon.

Thoughtful design and hand-picked decor

The Belly Acres team traveled far and wide to bring the elements of this contemporary farm setting together. A picture of a soybean field in Como, MS, covers one wall in the main dining room. This photograph is segmented and lit up for a modern presentation of this staple crop. Woodland Tree Service of Memphis provided all of the wood (except for the barn wood) from their repurposed furniture department for the restaurant’s artistic farm-style structures. The crop duster is a repurposed World War I racer, transformed to look like a crop duster leaving the farm. The plane was found in Kingsport, TN, and LSI in Bartlett handled the transformation and hanging of the plane. The barrels came from Heaven Hill Distributors in Bardstown, KY, and the Belly Acres team repurposed them to use as lights. Local metal artist Yvonne Bobo created splendid, mood-setting cornstalks, a prominent feature in the restaurant’s window booth area.

Belly Acres in Overton Square

Seating includes a comfortable bar area. | Image credit: Belly Acres

Belly Acres in Overton Square

Place your order at Belly Acres with Lillian, Krista and Katie.

Belly Acres in Overton Square

The kitchen is always open for viewing. Here, T.J. Anderson, one of the cooks at Belly Acres, is making sure each gourmet burger is presented perfectly.

Belly Acres in Overton Square

Park across the street in the new, well-lit and ultra-convenient Overton Square garage. Belly Acres is next to the Tower Courtyard. Look for the yellow airplane!

Check out this new gourmet burger joint in Overton Square. And don’t worry if you are a good ole boy — or girl — looking for a cold beer or glass of vino; this family-friendly atmosphere has the game on the big screen and a cold beer with your name on it!

Belly Acres is located at 2102 Trimble Place, Memphis. Reach them at (901) 529-7017. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.  to 11 p.m. Learn more on their Facebook page.

Want more great suggestions for local restaurants and shopping destinations? Check out the SB Guide to Memphis.

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