Your Favorite Childhood Burger Restaurant Is In Danger of Disappearing
What was your favorite place to grab a burger, fries, and a shake from during childhood? For some, their first choice may just be Fuddruckers, aka the home of the "World's Greatest Hamburgers."
Unfortunately, the popular restaurant chain that currently operates in 24 states (and Puerto Rico), like many well-known chains, has taken a hit financially since the start of the pandemic. Between the mandatory shutdown in the spring and the current capacity restrictions, Fuddruckers isn't nearly as profitable as it once was. In addition to a slight decline in foot traffic over the past decade, it is experiencing a considerable drop in revenue this year, which has put Fuddruckers' existence into question.
Luby's Inc, which is the parent company of both Luby's Cafeteria and Fuddruckers, permanently closed 16 units during this current fiscal year. Three of these units were Fuddruckers locations. Now, only 31 Fuddruckers locations remain owned by Luby's Inc, as the rest are operated by franchisees. Still, several locations across the country remain closed. (Stay informed: Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest coronavirus foods news delivered straight to your inbox.)
As of June 3, 17 of the 31 Luby Inc.-owned Fuddruckers locations have reopened since the mandatory shutdown and franchisees have opened up another 59 locations since then, as well. While it's a great sign that locations have been reopening, and that some were able to offer takeout and delivery over the past few months in respective states, it's not nearly enough to help make up for the extensive losses Luby Inc. has endured.
For the third quarter that ended on June 3, the parent company's net loss widened to $25 million, up from $5.3 million during the same period last year. In addition, sales have plummeted from $74.8 million during the same quarter last year to just $19 million in the most recent one this year.
While many locations still exist, whether the Fuddruckers near you will be around by the end of 2020 is another question. For more heartache, check out 7 Regional Fast Food Chains You May Never See Again.