Popular Virginia-Highland burger joint abruptly closes

The Hank at Illegal Food / Photo: Todd Brock

A burger spot that opened to much fanfare a little more than two years ago has closed.

Illegal Food, which started as a popular pop-up at Joystick Gamebar in Edgewood before opening a brick-and-mortar location at 1044 Greenwood Ave. N.E in Virginia-Highland, addressed the closure on its Instagram and Facebook accounts:

There is no easy way to say this, but after 2.5 years of blood, sweat and tears, Illegal Food was forced to unexpectedly close our restaurant on Monday. Trust us when we tell you that this was just as much a shock to us as to you. However, it is only a temporary setback and we are already planning our next move into a space and location that better fits our original vision of serving the highest quality food in unique and delicious ways. Over the past few years we have greatly appreciated all the support from our loyal fans and followers, and look forward to this new chapter in our growth. Please keep following us on Instagram, Facebook and our website for updates on our progress and pop-up special events. As always, feel free to reach out to us at info@illegalfoodatlanta.com. It was such a pleasure to share our food with everyone and we look forward to serving you again in the near future. Thank you, Steven and Laurie #illegalfoodatl #illegalfood #illegalfoodatlanta #weloveatl #believeinatl

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Former AJC food critic John Kessler gave the restaurant two stars when he reviewed it in 2015. Once the restaurant addressed service issues, he wrote, he’d “have a burger worth driving for.”


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