It has been a few years since a Fuddruckers restaurant was open in our area. The store at SW 104th Street and US-1 converted to Amos Sports Grill, then Betty’s Best Burgers and is now closed permanently.
Construction nears completion of a new Fuddruckers at US-1 and SW 150th Street in Palmetto Bay
But things have a way of coming back. Enter Marcello and Berny Montalvan of Vitafoods Enterprises. In mid-May, they are scheduled to open a brand new 7600 square foot Fuddruckers in Palmetto Bay (US-1 and SW 149th Street). My mouth is ready, and thankfully, only a few blocks away.
Berny Montalvan tells me, “We’ll hire more than 90 local employees for this location. We’re proud to hire local.” The restaurant will seat around 220 people and serve the quality food people expect from Fuddruckers.
In addition to the restaurant, the building itself will house a Kids Learning Adventure pre-school. The 9200 square feet daycare facility will join the existing KLA schools in Aventura, Brickell, Coral Gables, Doral, and Pembroke Pines. Associated with Riviera Day School, the facility will service the local community with childcare for kids up to 4 years old.
Fuddruckers was founded in 1980, to provide the “World’s Greatest Hamburger." Vitafoods already owns and operates Fuddruckers in Doral, Hialeah, and Pembroke Pines, Florida. They are building another Fuddruckers in West Kendall, slated to open around the same time as the one in Palmetto Bay.
UPDATE 6/2/12: I am told by the owners that the opening is slightly delayed and will occur Monday, June 11.