Fatburger Takes Over Downtown Los Angeles

Fatburger has announced the opening of its first location in downtown Los Angeles.

The Hollywood burger chain maintains and upholds the unique culture that Lovie Yancey created when launching the brand 60 years ago. With an array of toppings and condiments to select from, each burger is grilled to order and topped with fresh ingredients.

Appealing to appetites of all sizes, Fatburger offers burgers ranging in size from small to XXXL, with options including veggie and turkey burgers.

Kick the Stress Out

Quick-service leaders have a lot on their plate, from running complex organizations and overseeing financials to being the voice and face of their concepts.

But as they juggle these responsibilities and wade through the myriad daily decisions they need to make, something threatens to derail everything: stress.

Fatburger Opens Stores No. 30 and 31 in Canada

Fatburger, an all-American restaurant known for serving big and juicy burgers, announced the opening of Canada's 30th and 31st locations in Camrose and Edmonton, Alberta.

Operating in 27 countries across the globe, the iconic, better-burger chain is committed to further extending its international portfolio throughout Canada and overseas in the Middle East, Asia, and North Africa.

Breaking the 7 Unwritten Rules

How some operators succeed by going against the industry’s conventional wisdom.

Every industry has its unwritten rules for success, a series of dos and don’ts that conventional wisdom suggests are the path to profits.

The quick-serve industry is no exception. For decades, companies have operated under a series of assumptions that guide their business decisions and compose their operations manuals. And many of these brands would suggest they’ve been all the wiser—and richer—by playing by the rules.

Prepping for the Premium

How operators can soften the blow from climbing insurance rates.

Chicken Salad Chick is dealing with climbing insurance premiums in 2013.
Chicken Salad Chick's insurance premiums are expected to grow 4.8–9.5 percent in 2013, says president Kevin Brown.

Insurance experts say many restaurateurs, including quick-service operators, will be hit with significant increases to their property and casualty insurance premiums when they renew this year, with some policies rumored to go up by as much as 75–100 percent.

A 2012 filled with high-profile cases of food contamination, power outages, and weather damage like that brought on by Hurricane Sandy is forcing insurance actuaries to be more cautious about writing policies, the experts say.

Fatburger Heads Home with New Los Angeles Location

Fatburger, the long-standing Hollywood favorite, is excited to announce the opening of a new location in Westfield Century City in Los Angeles.

The 60-year-old burger chain looks forward to providing Angelenos another hot spot to enjoy their juicy burgers, hand-scooped milkshakes, and infamous “Fat Fries”.

Taking great pride in its Los Angeles roots, Fatburger strives to maintain the same culture that founder Lovie Yancey instituted when opening the beloved chain in 1952.

Fatburger Opens First Unit in Temecula, California

Fatburger, known for its fresh burgers and hand-scooped ice cream shakes, is proud to announce the opening of its first store in Temecula, California.

Maintaining the same upbeat, soulful culture that started more than 60 years ago, the new Fatburger location is sure to provide Temecula residents with juicy burgers and homemade onion rings, as well as the ever-famous Fat Fries.

Fatburger Brings its West Coast Burgers to NYC

Fatburger, famous for fresh, made-to-order burgers and synonymous with the West Coast, announced the signing of an agreement with The Riese Organization to bring the brand to New York City and surrounding areas.

This franchise development will bring the burger chain to Manhattan for the first time in its 60-year history.

The first Fatburger location will open in the Murray Hill neighborhood in the spring of 2013.  

The Problem with China

Though quick serves have found success in China, operational headaches abound.

A Chinese Fatburger store proves the popularity of American brands in China.
A busy Fatburger store in China proves the high demand for American brands.

Last year, you could find a dozen Auntie Anne’s pretzel stores in China. This year, you won’t find any.

After wading through one of the world’s biggest bureaucracies, all the while facing fierce competition and various cultural barriers, Wen-Szu Lin and his business partner decided to call it quits as Auntie Anne’s mainland China master franchiser.

“Even though we were doing OK, we decided to walk away,” Lin says.

Fatburger Unveils Rejuvenated Website, Mobile Ordering

OLO, the original provider of mobile and online ordering capabilities for the restaurant industry, announced the newest restaurant chain client for its ordering platform.

Created for the iconic better burger chain, Fatburger, www.fatburgertogo.com enables everyone from Hollywood celebrities to regular Joes to order up small, medium, large, XXL, or XXXL Fatburgers, topped with Fatburger’s iconic and unique selection of add-ons (i.e. egg, bacon, chili, cheese, guacamole, etc.), all from the convenience of their computer or mobile phone.