The “alley” in Alley Burger is in what became known during the 2020 protests as “Justice Alley.” It’s home to murals, paintings and graffiti.
Michael Onyejekwe, owner of Alley Burger, was born and raised in Columbus and has seen this alley be home to many things, but during the protests, he saw it become a make-shift art gallery.
When he realized he wanted to start his own restaurant in Aug. 2021, he wanted to draw inspiration from the art.
“It was definitely an influence and kind of a guiding light towards what we wanted to bring and so we just added to it and took from it,” said Onyejekwe.
When patrons walk into the burger joint, they’re met with vibrant colors and customer service. Although the alley has been home to many establishments, Alley Burger has already made a name for itself since it opened in February.
Customers have raved about the burgers that are the culmination of various flavors. Its BBQ burger stands almost a foot high, and its Greek burger gives customers an international experience.
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