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Ashland Fuddruckers returns to Richmond area

Posted at 12:11 PM, Apr 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 12:11:02-04

ASHLAND, Va. – The national burger chain that used to call Richmond home returns in just a few days. A new Fuddruckers is rolling into Ashland next week thanks to a franchise agreement with TravelCenters of America.

The location inside the truck stop at 100 N. Carter Road in Ashland opens on May 2.

Located off Interstate 95 just north of Richmond, the location will feature décor that references Fuddruckers’ classic, Americana origins and offer seating for 86.

The addition of a driver’s lounge will offer long haul guests a welcoming and comfortable spot to recharge while refueling, so to speak.

TravelCenters of America spokesperson Tom Liutkus said it’s the second Fuddruckers the company has bought, joining another location in Georgia that opened in February.

“It’s a popular brand,” Liutkus said. “It’s been growing.”

With the newest Ashland location, Virginia has seven Fuddruckers total, though only four are standalone restaurants. Richmond previously had a West End location that was open for decades, at 8205 W. Broad St.

Fuddruckers, opened in 1983 and has grown to 237 locations in 11 countries. Of those locations, 114 are franchises. Fuddruckers was sold to Houston, Texas-based cafeteria chain Luby’s 2010, following a bankruptcy filing of its former parent company.

TravelCenters of America have been open over 40 years and Peter Tropoli, Chief Operating Officer of Luby’s, Inc., said they are excited about the “opportunity to reach new audiences along some of the country’s busiest routes.”

Fuddruckers touts itself as home to the “World’s Greatest Hamburgers” with meat that is never frozen burgers are grilled-to-order, with no fillers or additives.

In addition to burgers, the menu offers an array of sandwiches, platters and salads.  The exotic burgers are free-range, all-natural, antibiotic and hormone-free game burgers and wild-caught salmon filets. The Ashland location will serve Buffalo, Elk, Wild Boar, Ostrich or Salmon.

The Ashland Fuddruckers will operate from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m., seven days a week.