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Fatburger going under?

nimo Jul 24, 2009 09:27 AM

Not that it's the greatest burger in town or anything, but I was surprised to learn that Fatburger is in financial trouble. To be honest, it's probably been about five years since I've even eaten there, but I have lots of fond college-era memories of the Kingburger with cheese. They'll be missed if they close up shop. Article below:

Fatburger Restaurants of California and Fatburger Restaurants of Nevada, both subsidiaries of Fatburger Corp, filed for Chapter 11 in April. According to the Wall Street Journal, the parent company was not included in the filing, but the two subsidiaries accounted for 72% its total revenue in 2008.

The bankruptcy came under pressure from G.E. Capital Business Asset Funding, which Fatburger owned nearly $3.9 million for defaulted loans.

The company's 90 franchise owners are waiting to see what happens next.


  1. Kholvaitar Feb 7, 2013 11:53 AM

    Here's an update to this discussion:

    "By the end of 2012, nearly half all Fatburger's 150 locations will be international units -- in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Korea, Indonesia, China and Macau. There are another 225 in development."

    5 Fast Casual Burger Chains That May Take Over The World--


    1. aadesmd Oct 24, 2009 04:30 PM

      When I was a medical resident at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai, the Fatburgers in West LA and Westwood kept me going at midnight. Every time I visit LA, I take my son, now 10, to Fatburger, In and Out, The Apple Pan, and Dupars. All are far mor important in my life than any Wolfgang Puck rip-off gallery.

      1. blackbookali Oct 24, 2009 10:41 AM

        if you really want to experience fatburger, try the double king with chili, cheese, bacon and egg.

        1. HungryRubia Jul 29, 2009 09:24 AM

          There was a Fatburger in my local mall (Hudson Valley, NY) and they closed down about a year ago.
          I didn't care for their food very much.

          1. m
            MrsT Jul 26, 2009 09:59 AM

            I think the Fatburger in Jersey City, has been out of business for about a year. I never seen anybody in there and in 5 years I think my office ordered from their one.

            1. BeenThereAteThat Jul 24, 2009 01:15 PM

              I think that in a market with Tommy's and In 'n' Out, that Fatburger expanded too quickly.

              And, there are a good number of people who just aren't going to eat at a place called Fatburger. That might have been a good name decades ago, but it's a liability these days.

              6 Replies
              1. re: BeenThereAteThat
                ozhead Jul 24, 2009 01:26 PM

                Such people have obviously never encountered a Double Fat on the chargrill.

                1. re: ozhead
                  BeenThereAteThat Aug 2, 2009 07:24 PM

                  Exactly. You've got to get them into the restaurant before they can rave about the food.

                  1. re: BeenThereAteThat
                    Bandini Aug 2, 2009 08:52 PM

                    maybe change the name to Phatburger

                    1. re: Bandini
                      BeenThereAteThat Aug 5, 2009 10:23 PM

                      Actually, given that it's 2009, that would be a pretty good marketing ploy.

                2. re: BeenThereAteThat
                  Bjartmarr Jul 24, 2009 02:07 PM

                  Hmm. So do you think I should pick a new name for my new venture, "Morbidly Obese Cakes and Cookies"?

                  1. re: Bjartmarr
                    ipsedixit Jul 24, 2009 02:27 PM

                    Why beat around the bush?

                    Just call it, "Death by Fat"

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                  Cubancoffee Jul 24, 2009 10:11 AM

                  Indeed, Chapter 11 means they intend to stay in business. Or at least try to.

                  1. ipsedixit Jul 24, 2009 09:48 AM

                    Filing for chapter 11 does not necessarily mean the subsidiaries are "going under" (see GM). It just means it needs either (1) time to renegotiate its debts (2) sell assets and/or (3) reorganize with some combo of Nos. 1 and 2.

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                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      JBC Jul 24, 2009 12:02 PM

                      Personally, I've always ordered the #1 Combo.

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