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Jun 30, 2006 01:55 AM

Flakey Jake's?

I remember going here alot as a kid....but I don't remember it EXACTLY.

ARe they still around? I swear I saw one by Disneyland, but it seemed to have recently closed....

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  1. I think they are long gone. Some of them converted to Red Robin's

    1. There was indeed a Flakey Jake's near Disneyland, at the corner of Anaheim Blvd. and Katella Ave. from 1984 to 1992.
      Flakey Jake's was an "upscale gourmet" burger joint and virtually a carbon copy of Fuddrucker's, started by former Chart House and Samboo's head Robert Luckey.
      The Flakey Jake's franchise filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 1992.

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      1. re: phiz

        could've SWORN I went there in '93.....but that was a while ago.

        1. re: brekkie_fan

          I lived in Garden Grove from '95-97, and I know I went to the Flakey Jakes in Anaheim when I lived there, because I used to love going to FJ's when I was a kid in Seattle, and was supprised to find one still around.

      2. I ate at the Anaheim Flakey Jake's in April 1999. I remember it well because I was there as advisor to a student group, and I was surprised they were open too. I bought stock in Flakey Jake's in 1984--100 shares at about $9. By 1986 the shares were worth NADA. But I bought some souvenirs at the Anaheim restaurant in '99.

          1. re: kevin

            Apparently not -- the remaining locations of the gourmet burger chain post-bankruptcy have all closed, although there's another entity out there with the same name.
            Wichita had one or two locations back in the 80's. All I remember were the on-site baked hamburger buns.

            1. re: podunkboy

              Those buns were fantastic! Soft, fluffy and buttery but yet still stood up to the burger. Also loved their brownies (really fudgy!), and their burger topping bar was pretty good too especially the serve yourself chili, cheese sauce, and all the fixins.

              1. re: GK in SO

                It was ALL about the cheese sauce....espeically the jalapeno cheese sauce. Flakey Jakes was so much better than Fuddruckers. And my dad always thought he was really cool by leaving the name "Sheila E" so when they called the name for our order everyone started looking around. Hey man, it was 1984!

                1. re: ejs1492

                  Sounds like your dad lived quite the "Glamorous Life". Oops, sorry, I couldn't resist.

                  Yes, FJ's was very similar to Fuddrucker's but I was a big fan of FJ's, especially the waffle fries (a la Chick-Fil-A). I frequented the Anaheim location at least once a month in the 1990's and also a Culver City location on occasion.

          2. I worked at Flakey Jake's in Louisville, KY back in 1987. Still have the uniform to prove it :)