Cheeseburger in Paradise (restaurant)
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Cheeseburger in Paradise is a casual dining restaurant chain in the United States. The first restaurant opened on August 19, 2002, in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is a theme restaurant named for the song "Cheeseburger in Paradise" by American pop music singer Jimmy Buffett. The chain was a partnership of Buffett's company, the Orlando, Florida-based Margaritaville Holdings LLC, and OSI Restaurant Partners, with Buffett licensing the name and Outback Steakhouse operating the franchising of restaurants. It is currently a subsidiary of Luby's
In September 2009, Cheeseburger in Paradise was sold to Paradise Restaurant Group, LLC. Jimmy Buffett was only a Royalty Partner receiving 2% of profits until selling Paradise Restaurant Group the rights to the song "Cheeseburger in Paradise". In December 2012, Luby's purchased Paradise Restaurant Group for $11 million, thereby acquiring all of the restaurants and ending Jimmy Buffett's association with the chain.
Most of the menu items have an Island theme as well, such as the Pressed Burger, and the St. Barts Citrus Chicken. The menu also includes appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps, island specialties, desserts, and a whole section on cheeseburgers. In addition to the regular menu, they offer a kid's menu, and gluten-free menu, and an entire menu dedicated to alcoholic cocktails.
After acquisition by Luby's, a number of the chain's locations were closed. In August 2014, Luby's announced to management and employees at its locations that half of the chain's remaining stores will close, either immediately or by the next few weeks. Affected stores include Fishers, Indiana; Terre Haute, Indiana; Evansville, Indiana; Kansas City, KS; Middleton, WI; Sterling Heights, MI; Pasadena, MD; and California, MD. Many of these stores will be rebranded Fuddruckers Deluxe Bar and Grill, another concept owned by Luby's and a full-service version of their Fuddrucker's chain.
States that are home to Cheeseburger in Paradise:
- Delaware (1) – Newark closed in 2014
- Florida (3) – Fort Myers , Miramar Beach, and Destin, Florida
- Illinois (1) - Downers Grove closed in 2014
- Indiana (4) - Evansville, Indianapolis, Terre Haute and Fishers
- Kansas (2) - Kansas City closed in 2014, Leawood closed
- Maryland (2) - Pasadena and California
- Michigan (1) - Sterling Heights closed in 2014
- Nebraska (1) – Omaha
- New Jersey (1) - Secaucus
- New York (1) - Middletown closed in 2013, became Fuddruckers in 2014
- South Carolina (1) – Myrtle Beach
- Texas (coming soon) (1) - The Colony
- Virginia (3) - Woodbridge, Newport News (closed in 2014), and Virginia Beach
A restaurant chain named Cheeseburger Restaurants based in Portola, California, has one of their restaurants located in oceanfront Lahaina, Hawaii also named "Cheeseburger in Paradise". This chain, which began in 1989, has no relations to Jimmy Buffett's business. Buffett sued the owners in 1997. After a four-year legal battle, a settlement was reached that allowed Laren Gartner and Edna Bayliff to keep the moniker at their existing restaurants in Lahaina and Waikiki, but prevented them from using the name on any additional locations.
- "Indianapolis, IN -- Cheeseburger in Paradise". BuffettWorld. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- Jimmy Buffett Sells 'Cheeseburger In Paradise' Restaurants
- http://archives.starbulletin.com/2004/08/01/business/index2.html Grilling up success with a cheeseburger, Jaymes Song, August 1, 2004, Honolulu Star-Bulletin/Associated Press