Fuddruckers Opens 1st Location in South Africa

Casual-dining burger chain debuts in Santiago, Chile

Fuddruckers opened its first restaurant in South America this week, in Santiago, Chile.

Houston-based parent Luby’s Inc., which also owns Cheeseburger in Paradise and the Luby’s cafeteria brand, said Tuesday that the 3,500-square-foot Fuddruckers unit was opened by new Chilean franchisee SRTC, which has agreed to open nine more locations.

“We are excited to continue the global growth of the Fuddruckers brand through partnerships with homegrown operators like SRTC, who have established themselves as leaders in the field,” Luby’s chief operating officer Peter Tropoli said in statement.

Fuddruckers has development agreements elsewhere in Latin America, including southern Mexico, Panama, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, the company has said.

Chile-based SRTC also operates Ruby Tuesday’s units, which it first franchised in 1999. The company has six brands and 700 employees.

The Chilean franchisee located its first Fuddruckers, with 140 seats, in the upscale Las Condes area of Santiago. Fuddruckers said the menu includes classic burgers, as well as specialty offerings such as an Avocado Cheese Burger and Cheese Arugula Burger.

Luby’s has cobranded with Fuddruckers in the U.S. at least five locations. The combined units outperform sales tallied at the standalone brands, Luby’s chief financial officer K. Scott Gray said in a July earnings call with analysts.

The new cobranded restaurants averaged $92,000 in weekly sales during the third quarter, compared with the weekly averages of $51,000 at Luby’s and $32,000 at Fuddruckers units.

On Nov. 10, Luby’s reported a loss of $1.4 million, or 5 cents per share, in the fourth quarter, compared with a $429,000 profit, or 2 cents per share, the previous year. Revenue rose slightly, to $123.6 million, from $123.3 million the previous year.

Same-store sales rose 0.4 percent at Luby’s Cafeterias in the fourth quarter and fell 4.6 percent at Fuddruckers, the company reported. For the full year, same-store sales increased 1.4 percent at the cafeterias and decreased 3.5 percent at Fuddruckers.

Luby’s owns and operates 94 cafeterias, 71 Fuddruckers restaurants, eight Cheeseburger in Paradise units and one Bob Luby’s Seafood Grill. The company franchises an additional 110 Fuddruckers locations in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Italy and the Dominican Republic.

Luby’s Culinary Services division provides foodservice management to 25 healthcare, higher education and corporate dining locations.

Back

What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Francisco Chevez is one in a million!

    I would like to formally thank Francisco Chevez for helping me get this great District Manager position. Francisco was very professional from the beginning. He was persistent in his search for the perfect opportunity. He presented me with multiple job opportunities, all great. He made me feel as if I was his only client and his top priority. Even after starting the new job, he called back to check on me. Francisco is great at what he does and I’m glad I was paired with him.      

    Sincerely,

    Enzo Mera

    Francisco Chevez is one in a million!
  • Matt Lopez nailed it!

    I am thankful for the service that Matt Lopez provided on behalf of Patrice and Associates in finding me and matching me to an excellent job with an energy company in northern Virginia. Matt Lopez discussed the position and the company and advised me on the hiring process. Matt has the intuition to assess me the job candidate, and the employer regarding my personality and the corporate culture to make the match. Matt found a Company that has all the attributes that I have struggled over the past few years to find. I intend to do an excellent job for the Company that I am joining in October 2022. I plan to achieve my immediate objectives, the company’s goals and show that Patrice and Associated backed the right person for the job.                    

    Sincerely,

    Robert Chew

    Matt Lopez nailed it!
  • I can't thank Karl Busch enough!

    I recently relocated to South Carolina from New York.  At first I tried the usual big company name job search engines, I even reached out to a couple of recruiters but, Karl Busch at Patrice and Associates was the guy who got it done!  His guidance and advice along the way was invaluable.  I was able to secure an Executive Chef position at a high profile restaurant thanks to him.          

    Thank you!

    Steven D.

    I can't thank Karl Busch enough!
  • Shawn Hoye was great to work with.

    Super attentive with plenty insight into the local job market which gave me a leg up in making the perfect career move.              

    Many Thanks,

    Sean Giffing

    Shawn Hoye was great to work with!
  • Whitney Davis was incredible!

    I would just like to say what an asset Whitney Davis was in regards to me finding another job. I appreciate all the help and I would definitely recommend him to others.        

    Thank you!

    Larry A.

    Whitney Davis was incredible!