Popular local chain Bev’s Better Burgers is poised to become the first restaurant to occupy a new commercial building across from Oak View Middle School in Newberry.
The news comes two days after the Newberry Board of Adjustment—which includes city commissioners and other key staff—approved a development plan for the corner of US-27 and SW 4th Avenue. Developer JBrown Professional Group declined to name the first tenant in the new building, but Bev’s Burgers confirmed its plans to Mainstreet Daily News on Wednesday.
“Since Monday we’ve been mentioning it to people, and they’re pretty excited,” said Kristen Keene, who will manage the new Newberry location. “Newberry’s really gotten to where it has so many people, but there’s not a lot of food.”
Keene’s grandmother, Beverly Miller, jumped into the burger business in 1984 when she bought the Sandwich Inn in Alachua, which later became Bev’s Burgers. Miller has since sold the Alachua location to a family member but owns the café and drive-through locations in High Springs.
Keene, who has worked in the family business for 25 years, said the café has a more extensive menu than the drive-through locations, which still include burgers, sandwiches and soft-serve ice cream.
“The new location is going to have a decent covered patio area outside,” she said. “This one will have a little bit bigger area than the other drive-throughs.”
All three Bev’s locations have excellent online ratings, with each ranging in the 4.4 to 4.7 range on Google after around 1,000 reviews each. Keene said quality ingredients are a key to the chain’s success.
“We hand-patty our burgers, so they’re fresh,” she said.
Keene said Miller has been eyeing expansion to Newberry and believes the restaurant will do well.
“She’s always wanted to go into Newberry, and it just kind of fell into place recently,” she said.
The 4,500-square-foot building will eventually include three other commercial spaces, but plans for those are not as far along. Keene said Bev’s hopes to break ground in January and open for business next summer.
“We are so excited to welcome Bev’s Burgers to our community,” Mayor Jordan Marlowe said Wednesday in a text message. “She will be a perfect fit for Newberry!”