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!
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.
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.
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.
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.