It looks like Fatburger will open its first Beijing outlet by the end of next month. Plans for China outlets have been in the works for some time. This from a Fatburger press release dated October 1, 2007:
Fog Cutter Capital Group Inc. (OTCBB: FCCG) has announced the opening of the company’s first Fatburger restaurant in China, located in the Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel….
Additional Fatburger restaurants are scheduled to open in Hong Kong in the coming months: the first on Queens Road East and the second at Jia Hotel in Causeway Bay in early 2008. Fatburger also plans to open a Beijing location at Solana – the city’s first lifestyle center – in April 2008. Fatburger estimates call for approximately 25 locations in China by the end of 2010, all company-owned. Additional sites on the horizon include further locations in Hong Kong, Macao, Shenzen, Beijing and Shanghai. Customers will enjoy Fatburger favorites, including imported, fresh, 100 percent pure lean beef burgers, homemade onion rings made from scratch each morning and hand-scooped real ice cream shakes.
A source working on the outlet told me that the decor and training are on schedule for an opening as early as mid-January, and that Fatburger will be near the U.S. Embassy, rather than in Solana. A bit of Googling turned up this from examiner.com:
U.S.-headquartered hamburger chain Fatburger will open a Beijing location in January. The restaurant will open in the Liangmaqiao neighborhood at the Grand Summit plaza, a few steps away from the U.S. Embassy.
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