Thursday, August 1, 2019

[UPDATE] Fuddruckers Now Closed in Alpharetta, Kennesaw Too

The Fuddruckers restaurant in Alpharetta has closed.  The restaurant, at 6360 North Point Parkway  in the Target / Dick's Sporting Goods / Dave & Buster's / Hobby Lobby etc. anchored North Point Market Center shopping center, along North Point Parkway across from North Point Mall, reportedly closed Wednesday night.  The restaurant reportedly opened around the time that North Point Mall opened which debuted in October 1993.
Signage had been removed and a trailer was onsite by Thursday evening 


The restaurant emailed members of their "Fudds Club" late Thursday afternoon informing them of the closure.

"It is with great regret that we must inform you that our Fuddruckers Northpoint [6360 North Point Parkway Alpharetta, GA 30022] location is closed."

The 5,800 square foot restaurant in Alpharetta is actively being marketed for lease by Colliers International who handles the center's leasing efforts.

Outback Steakhouse opened a new restaurant sporting the chain's updated modern look adjacent to Fuddruckers early last February.  


Based in Houston, Texas and owned by Luby's, Inc., Fuddruckers was founded in 1979 by Philip J. Romano.  Serial restaurateur Romano is credited with the creation of more than a dozen restaurant concepts of which Fuddruckers, Romano's Macaroni Grill and EatZi's are likely his most well known.   Like EatZi's and Macaroni Grill, Fuddruckers, too, was once quite popular in metro Atlanta, but has significantly reduced its local presence over the past several years.   


This past June ToNeTo Atlanta reported that the Fuddrucker's on Windy Hill Road in Smyrna closed after more than 30 years in business.  


ToNeTo Atlanta reported in March that the roughly 5,600 square foot Fuddruckers restaurant near Town Center at Cobb in Kennesaw was being marketed for lease.  The offering indicated that the restaurant was likely to close no later than August 31, but potentially as soon as July 31, at the culmination of their current lease.  The restaurant is now closed. 


In the 90s, Fuddruckers, which proudly proclaims to be the home of the "World's Greatest Hamburgers," was quite popular, but the introduction of "better burger" concepts like Burger 21, BurgerFi, Farm Burger, Grindhouse Killer Burgers and Cheeseburger Bobby's, among others, put increasing pressure to more established but less innovative concepts.   


Following the closure of the Alpharetta, Kennesaw and Marietta locations, Fuddruckers will have just three locations left in Georgia: on Riverside Parkway in Rome near State Mutual Stadium, home of the Rome Braves as well as a pair of restaurants within TA Travel Centers in Commerce and Richmond Hill, near Savannah.     


Previous Atlanta area Fuddruckers restaurants were on Merchants Way just off Satellite Boulevard in Duluth where Nak Won Sweet Rice Cafe is now, Perimeter Center Parkway in Dunwoody, which was demolished to make way for the huge new State Farm campus, Scenic Highway in Snellville where McDonald's built a new location, and LaVista Road near Northlake Mall in Tucker which is now a branch of CenterState Bank. 


The Dunwoody, Tucker and Snellville restaurants closed in 2010 following a voluntary chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by the company following a change in ownership that saw Luby's, Inc. take control of the business.    Fuddruckers also previously operated mini-restaurants within the former Home Depot at Lindbergh Plaza where The Dump is today, and within Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Roswell.   Elsewhere in Georgia the chain also previously had locations on Whitesville Road in Columbus as well as on Ogeechee Road and West Broughton Street in Savannah, among others. 


What would you like to see open in place of any of the tthree recently closed Fuddruckers in Marietta, Kennesaw or Alpharetta?  Where is your favorite place to get a burger in metro Atlanta? Do you still have Fuckruckers tokens and or tickets for free cookies?


Please share your thoughts below  

8 comments:

Unknown said...

Jim and Nick's

Unknown said...

Shane's rib shack

Unknown said...

Hen Mother Cookhouse

Unknown said...

Jim n nicks

Unknown said...

Copeland’s of New Orleans

Anonymous said...

They were one of my favorite places to get a burger in the 90's. Their locations were too large to compete now. If they would have made their locations the size of a McDonalds and had a drive through they would have faired this tough competition better. Perhaps they should think about buying up failed Steak & Shakes and having go at a smaller streamlined restaurant.

Unknown said...

They're in bankruptcy for the 2nd time in as many years. It would be a good idea to have someone buy Fudds out and convert, I believe many are still franchised.

Anonymous said...

Cookout

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