A FAT STORY


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Our Founder: Lovie Yancey

The name of the store was my idea, I wanted to get across the idea of a big burger with everything on it . . . a meal in itself.”
- Fatburger Founder, Lovie Yancey

Mr.Fatburger

1947

In 1947, using pieces of scrap materials from her partner (a man who worked at a construction company), Lovie Yancey opened up a three-stool hamburger stand in Los Angeles, California (on Western Avenue) - it was called Mr. Fatburger.

Fatburger is born.

1952

By 1952, Lovie parted ways with her partner and so did the “Mr.” from the stand’s name.

Franchising Begins.

1990

The first Fatburger Franchise locations, including Van Nuys (which still stands today), open in Southern California

First International locations open in Dubai & China

2005

Fatburger Macau and Dubai Mall kick off the rapid expansion Fatburger has seen over the past 15 years.

20+ Countries, and 200 locations later

2018

We're still serving Fatburger the same way Lovie did in 1952. #FreshSince52


From Dennis McLellan's 2008 Los Angeles Times article "Fatburger founder expanded South L.A. eatery into chain"

In 1947, using pieces of scrap materials from her partner (a man who worked at a construction company), Lovie Yancey opened up a three-stool hamburger stand in Los Angeles, California (on Western Avenue) - it was called Mr. Fatburger.

By 1952, Lovie parted ways with her partner and so did the “Mr.” from the stand’s name.  

From the beginning, Lovie was a fixture at the stand where customers, including entertainers Redd Foxx and Ray Charles, would custom-order their burgers. She would work very long days, and sleepless nights, spending as much time at the stand as she could to ensure that everything was being done properly.  As word got out that Lovie’s Fatburgers were the best in town, she continually got more and more requests for her to keep the stand open later, and later, into the night.

Every meal is cooked-to-order, just the way you want it, every time. Using only the freshest ingredients, and traditional cooking methods (you won’t find heat-lamps or microwaves in our stands), we’re best known for our fresh-never-frozen, lean-beef, chicken, turkey and veggie burgers & sandwiches, our hand-scooped, real ice cream milkshakes, homemade-from-scratch onion rings and build-your-own-burger experience.