Fuddruckers was founded in 1979 by Philip Romano in San Antonio, Texas. Originally named Freddie Fuddruckers, the original location was an old bank that Romano converted into a restaurant. Romano believed America was in need of better hamburgers than what most restaurants offered. By 1988, there were 150 restaurants, however, Romano sold the chain as he felt he had gone as far as he could with hamburgers. Romano went on to found Romano’s Macaroni Grill.
The company now has more than 77 restaurants and 111 franchises, along with locations in 11 countries, the most recent one opening in 2015 in Como, Italy.
The parent company of Fuddruckers, Luby’s, extended their contract to own and control Fuddruckers until at least February 2021.
On January 2,2020, Luby’s announced a partnership for delivery service between Fuddrucker’s and DoorDash.
Headquarters for Fuddruckers is located in Houston, Texas.