|Headquarters||Austin, Texas, U.S.|
|Key people||Philip J. Romano, Michael Cannon|
Fuddruckers is an American fast casual, franchised, restaurant chain that 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. Fuddruckers has over 260 locations around the world, most of which have a 1950s and 1960s rock and roll theme. The current owner, Michael Cannon, purchased the chain in November 1998, and it is based in Austin, Texas.
Fuddruckers is known 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 onions or guacamole). The burger is then provided open-faced to the customer, who then takes it to the toppings bar and adds fresh vegetables and 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, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The first Fuddruckers in the Middle East was opened in May 1994, by Arabian Food Supplies in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Fuddruckers now has 8 branches in Saudi Arabia.
Fuddruckers has one restaurant in Canada, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, which
remains popular. Other restaurants were tried in other parts of
Canada for several years, all eventually closing. There are
currently four restaurants in Puerto Rico. There were also
restaurants in Mexico City, but eventually all closed after a few
years. Restaurants opened in Australia at a suburban Sydney shopping centre named the Macquarie
Centre and at the Eagle Street Pier Precinct in central Brisbane in the mid-1990s;
however, both restaurants have since closed.
During 1992, owners of the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan location also opened up a nearby go-kart track, mini-golf and arcade center dubbed the "Fuddruckers Fun Centre". This separate business was eventually renamed to Ruckers, becoming its own chain, opening Family Fun centers in various cities throughout Western Canada becoming more popular than the Fuddruckers chain. Unlike the original location in Saskatoon, most of the Ruckers chain locations were limited to providing arcade games, prize redemption and birthday party services similar to Chuck E. Cheese. During the later half of the 2000s, several Ruckers locations were closed down, citing financial difficulties. As of the end of 2008, the original Ruckers location in Saskatoon remains operational.