Los Angeles — FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc., parent company of Fatburger, Buffalo’s Express and 13 other restaurant concepts, is heading to Illinois with a newly inked deal in partnership with A.D.T.J. Development LLC to open 25 Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express stores throughout the state of Illinois — in particular, in Chicago and the surrounding area.
The locations are slated to open over the next 8 years. Both the Fatburger and Buffalo’s Express brands have been populating the West Coast, East Coast and regions in the South. This will be FAT Brands’ largest presence in Illinois to date and signals a substantial move into the Midwest markets.
“The city of Chicago has a vibrant restaurant scene and has welcomed fast-casual eateries over the past decade. It’s an exciting time for FAT Brands to be growing our presence in the area,” says FAT Brands CEO Andy Wiederhorn. “We are eager to plant our roots down in Chicago and the state as a whole.”
FAT Brands is a leading global franchising company that strategically acquires, markets and develops fast-casual, quick-service, casual and polished casual-dining restaurant concepts around the world. The company currently owns 15 restaurant brands: Round Table Pizza, Fatburger, Marble Slab Creamery, Johnny Rockets, Twin Peaks, Great American Cookies, Hot Dog on a Stick, Buffalo’s Cafe & Express, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Pretzelmaker, Elevation Burger, Yalla Mediterranean and Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouses, and franchises over 2,100 units worldwide. For more information visit www.fatbrands.com.
SOURCE: FAT Brands