“The name of the store was my idea, I wanted to get across the idea of a big burger with everything on it . . . a meal in itself.”
— Fatburger Founder, Lovie Yancey
In 1947, using pieces of scrap materials from her partner (a man who worked at a construction company), Lovie Yancey opened up a three-stool hamburger stand in Los Angeles, California (on Western Avenue) - it was called Mr. Fatburger.
By 1952, Lovie parted ways with her partner and so did the “Mr.” from the stand’s name.
From the beginning, Lovie was a fixture at the stand where customers, including entertainers Redd Foxx and Ray Charles, would custom-order their burgers. She would work very long days, and sleepless nights, spending as much time at the stand as she could to ensure that everything was being done properly. As word got out that Lovie’s Fatburgers were the best in town, she continually got more and more requests for her to keep the stand open later, and later, into the night.
Today there are 200 Fatburger restaurants, in 19 countries - all of which are still making Fatburgers the same way Lovie did.