Fuddruckers on Metcalf is closed (Update)

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The only burger left at Metcalf's Fuddrucker's is the door handle.
Update: (April 22, 10 a.m.) Yesterday  Fat City gave a send-off to the only Kansas location of the Fuddruckers burger restaurant at 87th and Metcalf; see the entry below. Now (a week after the Kansas City Star reported that the Fuddruckers restaurant in Overland Park had closed because "lease negotiations had fallen through") the real story has emerged.

The parent company of the Texas-based Fuddruckers -- Magic Brands LLC -- filed for Chapter 11 bankrupcy protection yesterday "to ease the sale if its assets to Tavistock Group." The Wall Street Journal website reported yesterday that Florida-based Tavistock Group, which owns a variety of restaurants, would purchase the Magic Brands assets in a $40 million deal. It also reported that Tavistock plans to close 24 of the corporate-owned Fuddruckers locations by next week.

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Now that hamburgers have gone from being cheap diner fare to gourmet creations -- I'm thinking of the two Blanc Burger + Bottles locations and the new BRGR venue in Prairie Village -- is there still room for the less fancy Fuddruckers, the 30-year-old Austin, Texas-based chain that bills its product as "the world's great hamburgers?"

Not in Kansas. Fuddruckers -- or its landlord -- has recently blacked out the sign, ripped the restaurant name off the yellow awnings and taken almost everything but the kitchen sink out of the free-standing building at 8725 Metcalf in Overland Park. It was Fuddruckers' only Kansas location, though the chain continues to operate several Missouri locations, including one in Independence at 4400 South Noland Road (there are also Fuddrucker's in Branson, St. Louis, Springfield and Columbia). It recently shuttered its Joplin location.

Fat City reader Faith wrote us to say she'd noticed that Fuddrucker's had closed two weeks after she and her husband had driven past it. "I had wondered aloud," she said, "How the place had stayed open as long as it had!"

 

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