Fatburger will return to Tampa Bay, with first restaurant in Riverview

The California restaurant’s sister chain Buffalo’s Express is coming to the area, too.
A cheeseburger at California chain Fatburger, which is coming to the Tampa area.
A cheeseburger at California chain Fatburger, which is coming to the Tampa area. [ Courtesy of Fat Brands ]
Published June 30, 2022|Updated July 1, 2022

California burger chain Fatburger is coming back to Tampa Bay, its parent company Fat Brands announced.

Four locations of Fatburger and sister chain Buffalo’s Express are coming to the Tampa area by 2025, company spokesperson Erin Mandzik said. The first Fatburger is set to open next year in Riverview off Interstate 75.

Fatburger first came in 2003 to International Plaza and Clearwater Mall but has since closed, according to Tampa Bay Times archives. Mandzik said that Clearwater, Sarasota and St. Petersburg are not currently being considered for the expansion.

Fatburger’s menu offers hamburgers with up to three ground beef patties or Impossible’s plant-based “meat,” as well as onion rings, milkshakes and chicken sandwiches. The chain launched more than 70 years ago and is based in Beverly Hills, Calif. The first location will be at the Tampa Shoppes at Alafia at 9950 Upper Alafia Court.

Buffalo’s Express offers wings with nearly 20 different sauces including a scorching hot sauce called “Death Valley.” It also offers rice bowls, salads, shrimp, tacos, wraps, sandwiches and fried cheesecake.

Whole Factor Inc. partnered with Fat Brands for the four-location franchise development and is also in the process of opening 10 locations in the Orlando area.