company_name = Fuddruckers
company_type = Casual Dining
foundation = 1980
key_people = Philip J. Romano, Michael Cannon
slogan = World's Greatest Hamburgers
homepage = [http://www.fuddruckers.com Fuddruckers]
Fuddruckers is an American fast casual franchised chain
restaurantthat specializes in hamburgers. It was founded in 1980 in San Antonio, Texas, by Philip J. Romano, in a location converted to a restaurant from an old bank. The store's website says Romano chose the name "because the man had a sense of humor." Fuddruckers has over 260 locations around the world, most of which have a 1950s and 1960s Rock and rolltheme. The current owner, Michael Cannon, purchased the chain in November 1998, and it is currently based in Austin, Texas.
Fuddruckers is notable for its large burger patties (up to one pound) and self-service toppings bar. Customers first order a base burger, either plain or with specialty toppings (like
sauces, sautéed onionsor guacamole). The burger is then provided open-faced to the customer, who then takes it to the toppings bar and adds fresh vegetablesand seasonings. Fuddruckers also offers multiple cheese toppings, including nacho cheese. Foxwoods Resort Casino's executive sous chef, Scott Ferguson, made one of the largest commercially available hamburgers — weighing 29.6 pounds and costing US$250 — for the Fuddruckers restaurant in the casino. The burger is 18.5 inches wide and 8 inches tall. At one time this was the Guinness World Records-verified world's largest burger; however, that record has since been taken by Bobs BBQ in Thailand.
Fuddruckers has expanded out of the United States and now has branches in Middle Eastern countries such as
Egypt, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrainand Saudi Arabia.
Fuddruckers has one restaurant in
Canada, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, [ [http://www.fuddruckers.com/locations.php Fuddruckers locations] ] which remains popular. Other restaurants were tried in other parts of Canada with no success. There are currently four restaurants in Puerto Rico. There were also restaurants in Mexico City, but eventually all closed after a few years. A restaurant was opened in Australiaat a suburban Sydneyshopping centre Macquarie Centrein the mid-1990s; however, this restaurant has since closed.
* [http://www.fuddruckers.com/ Official website]
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