California burger chain Fatburger is returning to Tampa Bay, its parent company Fat Brands has announced.
Four Fatburger and sister chain Buffalo’s Express locations will come to the Tampa area by 2025, company spokeswoman Erin Mandzik said. The first Fatburger is slated to open next year in Riverview, off Interstate 75.
Fatburger first arrived in 2003 at International Plaza and Clearwater Mall, but has since closed, according to Tampa Bay Weather archives. Mandzik said Clearwater, Sarasota and St. Petersburg are currently not being considered for expansion.
Fatburger’s menu features burgers with up to three patties of ground beef or plant-based “meat” from Impossible, as well as onion rings, milkshakes and chicken sandwiches. The chain was launched over 70 years ago and is based in Beverly Hills, California. The first location will be at the Tampa Shoppes in Alafia at 9950 Upper Alafia Court.
Buffalo’s Express offers wings with nearly 20 different sauces, including a searing hot sauce called Death Valley. It also offers rice bowls, salads, shrimp, tacos, wraps, sandwiches and fried cheesecakes.
Whole Factor Inc. has partnered with Fat Brands to develop the four-location franchise and is also in the process of opening 10 locations in the Orlando area.