Fatburger

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Fatburger Inc.
Private
Industry Fast casual restaurant
Founded 1947; 71 years ago (1947)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Founder Lovie Yancey
Headquarters Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Number of locations
200+[1]
Area served
Worldwide
Key people

Andrew Wiederhorn (Chairman & CEO)

Donald J. Berchtold (President & COO)
Products Burgers, french fries, soft drinks, milkshakes
Number of employees
4,000 + (2017)[1]
Website fatburger.com
Fatburger restaurant in Los Feliz, Los Angeles

Fatburger Inc. is an American fast casual restaurant chain. Its tagline is The Last Great Hamburger Stand. While it is a fast food restaurant, the food is cooked and made to order, some Fatburger restaurants have a liquor license, as well as Fat Bars. Its franchise headquarters are in Beverly Hills, California; in addition to the United States, the chain operates in 19 other countries. The Fatburger menu is centered primarily on hamburgers, in which it offers patties of varying size, small to large, and in varying number patties, along with add-ons such as cheese, bacon and eggs.[2][3][4]

History[edit]

Fatburger in the food court of Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California

Fatburger was founded by Lovie Yancey in the neighborhood of Exposition Park in Los Angeles, California in 1947. It was originally named "Mr. Fatburger" (on behalf of Yancey's boyfriend), until the "Mr." was removed by Yancey in 1952. At that time, she bought out her start-up partners and retained sole ownership of the Fatburger brand until 1990, keeping and operating the original store on Western Avenue along with the La Cienega Boulevard store (La Cienega/San Vicente).[5]

Fatburger remained mostly a California based chain until the late 1990s, when it began an expansion in North America, on August 15, 2003, Fog Cutter Capital Group completed a $7 million investment and financing package for the company. Fatburger operates or franchises over 150 Fatburger restaurants worldwide with over 300 more planned for future development,[6] for several months in 2006, the company was barred from selling additional franchises in California, due to chairperson Wiederhorn's felony convictions.[7]

In 1992, Fatburger gained national attention after being referenced in the hit song "It Was a Good Day" by rapper and actor Ice Cube.[8]

In 2008, Fatburger opened its first restaurant in a sports stadium, the Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field.[9] Fatburger also opened its first location in the Dubai, U.A.E., (today there are eight).[10] There are also Fatburger eateries in Beijing, PR China.

In January 2013, Fatburger opened its first branch in Karachi, Pakistan.[11] Owing to the success of the burgers and positive response in Pakistan, Fatburger opened its biggest flagship outlet globally in June 2013 in Lahore;[12] in July 2015, a branch in Lahore was shut down by authorities due to health and food safety reasons.[13]

Locations[edit]

Fatburger has locations in five western states in the United States and Canada, and new locations in China, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Fiji, Indonesia, Iraq, India, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Tunisia, Macau, Pakistan, Oman, Panama, Singapore, Philippines, Mexico, Qatar, and Japan. In some locations, menu changes were made to conform to local customs,[14] it will expand into Texas, in cities like Austin, Dallas, Houston & San Antonio.[15]

Partnerships[edit]

Former professional basketball player Magic Johnson, through Johnson Development Corporation, was one of the owners of the parent company.[16] Former talk show host Montel Williams co-owns several Fatburger restaurants in Colorado.[17] Bay Area musician E-40 also had a stake in the company as a franchise owner, by opening the first San Francisco Bay Area Fatburger restaurant in Pleasant Hill, which is now closed.[18] Actor and musician Queen Latifah also at one point partnered with[vague] Fatburger.[19]

In 2007, rapper Kanye West's restaurant company, KW Foods LLC, struck a deal to open up to 10 Fatburger restaurants in Chicago.[20] Ultimately, in 2009, only two locations actually opened; in February 2011, West shut down the Fatburger located in Orland Park.[21] Later in 2011 the remaining Beverly location was bought back the company.[22] R&B musician Pharrell, in partnership with Fatburger, opened several Fatburger restaurants in China in 2007 and 2008.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Herron, Bianca (August 9, 2017). "Fatburger". Food & Drink International. Retrieved March 18, 2018. 
  2. ^ Grant, T. (2004). International Directory of Company Histories. International Directory of Company Histories. St. James Press. p. 122. ISBN 978-1-55862-509-9. Retrieved December 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ Hanbury, Mary (August 3, 2017). "A burger chain that Kanye West and Nicki Minaj are obsessed with is taking over America". Business Insider. Retrieved December 27, 2017. 
  4. ^ Jargon, Julie (May 31, 2017). "Diners Are Finding $13 Burgers Hard to Swallow". Fox Business. Retrieved December 27, 2017. 
  5. ^ McClellan, Marisa (2008-01-26). "Fatburger founder dies at the age of 96". Slashfood. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  6. ^ Kulikowski, Laurie (June 12, 2013). "Fatburger Opens First Restaurant in New York City". Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ Sparks, Janet (December 1, 2006). "Has Fatburger Resolved Its Nasty Little Problem?". Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Elliott, Farley (April 16, 2015). "A History of Rap's Love For Fatburger". Eater Los Angeles. Retrieved March 18, 2018. 
  9. ^ Arizona Diamondbacks Score Big on Fatburger Franchise Retrieved on March 16, 2011
  10. ^ The Next Frontier: Burger Chains to the Middle East Retrieved on April 24, 2014
  11. ^ "Fatburger opens in Karachi". The Express Tribune. 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  12. ^ "For Fatburger, Lahore's 'flagship' outlet will be a trendsetter". The Express Tribune. 2013-05-26. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  13. ^ http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/07/24/city/lahore/fatburger-too-thin-on-hygiene/
  14. ^ "Find A Fatburger". 
  15. ^ "LA-born Fatburger says it's coming to North Texas, again". Dallas News. October 6, 2017. Retrieved December 27, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Fatbuger facts, Magic Johnson Owner of parent Company". Answers.com. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  17. ^ "TV Show Host Montel Williams Buys into Fatburger Franchise". Montelshow.com. Archived from the original on 2008-09-06. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  18. ^ Current location of Fatburger Headquarters Archived February 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Kanye West Buys Rights To 10 Fatburger Restaurants. HipHopDx, November 23, 2010.
  20. ^ "Kayne West Brings Fatburger to Chicago". Leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  21. ^ "Kanye West Shuts Down His Chicago Fatburger Restaurant". Starpulse.com. 2011-02-01. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  22. ^ "Cutting the Fat". New York Post. 

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