When it comes to burger chains, California has some of the biggest names in the industry originating from within its borders. McDonald’s has long proven to be the most prominent, with stores spread throughout the world, and In-N-Out Burger has a cult-like following. However, there’s a third burger chain that’s not only older, but some locations even sell liquor, which is something neither of the other chains can say (at least inside the United States). Fans of the burger chain in metro Phoenix will have another opportunity to check out the classic burger chain coming from Beverly Hills, California.
Fatburger is one of the original fast-casual restaurant burger joints to pop up here in the United States. Lovie Yancey owned the original restaurant, named “Mr. Fatburger” which opened in 1947. The restaurant was named after Lovie’s boyfriend at the time, but eventually, she went on to drop the “Mr.” from the name and went exclusively by “Fatburger” in 1952. For nearly 50 years, the burger chain remained nearly exclusively in California, but eventually, in the late 1990s, Fatburger decided to start pushing its brand outward.
While Fatburger is located in over 19 countries now (and, surprisingly, most of these are in the Middle East), it remains in only five Western states, including Arizona. And now, Arizona will have another Fatburger for fans of the franchise to stop by. Fatburger will open inside Arizona Mills, the prominent shopping center in Tempe. So whether someone is out shopping for sporting goods or an engagement ring, they can now take a break, kick back, and enjoy a classic Fatburger (although this location will not be one that serves alcohol).
The Arizona Mills Fatburger is currently running a soft opening with some select items available, but the restaurant will officially open on June 30, with the first 100 visitors receiving a free Original Fatburger simply for showing up.
The Medium Original Fatburger is the most popular menu item, as it serves up a 1/3 pound of 100% ground beef. For those who are really hungry, the Kingburger takes it up a notch with a 1/2 pound of 100% ground beef. But it doesn’t stop there. Guests can order the Double Kingburger (a pound of ground beef), and the Triple Kingburger (1.5 pounds of beef). Other menu items include a chicken sandwich, Turkeyburger, Skinnyburger (burger without the bun), Western Bacon BBQ burger, plus real ice cream Milkshakes, Craig’s Vegan Shakes, sweet potato fries, Fat Fries, Skinny Fries, onion rings, and plenty of other goodies.