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Cheeburger Cheeburger
Company typeSubsidiary
GenreFast casual restaurant
FounderBruce Zicari
United States
Number of locations
4 (2023)
Area served
  • United States
  • Saudi Arabia
Key people
Bruce Zicari, CEO
ProductsHamburgers, french fries, onion rings, soft drinks, milkshakes, desserts
OwnerPremier Restaurant Group

Cheeburger Cheeburger is a 1950s-style fast casual restaurant chain specializing in cheeseburgers, french fries, onion rings, and milkshakes. The chain is headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida.[1] As of 2023, Cheeburger Cheeburger has three locations across the United States and one location in Saudi Arabia.[2]


Bruce Zicari opened the first Cheeburger Cheeburger in Sanibel, Florida, in 1986. The restaurant was named after John Belushi's pronunciation of cheeseburger as "cheeburger" on a Saturday Night Live sketch at the fictitious Olympia Café.[3]

The first international location opened in Kuwait but has since closed.

In November 2017, Cheeburger Cheeburger was acquired by Premier Restaurant Group.[4]

In 2022, the original Cheeburger Cheeburger restaurant located on Sanibel Island was severely damaged by Hurricane Ian.[5]

Several locations have closed in recent years. The chain has one location each at airports in Orlando, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. The original Sanibel Island location and the Riyadh location are the only free-standing restaurants still in business.[6]

Legal matters

When Cheeburger Cheeburger opened a restaurant in Glenview, Illinois, they were sued by Billy Goat Tavern, which had served as the inspiration for the original Olympia Cafe Saturday Night Live parody. An out-of-court settlement was reached wherein the restaurant changed the name of the Glenview location to simply Cheeburger and agreed not to open another restaurant within 125 miles (200 km) of downtown Chicago.[7][8]

See also


  1. ^ "Cheeburger Cheeburger Franchise Information".
  2. ^ "Locations".
  3. ^ "Cheeburger Cheeburger Franchise Information".
  4. ^ "Forever Yogurt parent acquires Cheeburger Cheeburger". Nation's Restaurant News. 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  5. ^ Hennessy-Fiske, Molly (October 2, 2022). "Their paradise lost to Ian, Sanibel residents hope its spirit survives". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 3, 2023.
  6. ^ "Locations". Cheeburger Cheeburger - Best Burger You Can Design. Retrieved 7 November 2023.
  7. ^ "Billy Goat, Cheeburger Cheeburger settle suit". Nation's Restaurant News. January 5, 2004. p. 78.
  8. ^ Napolitano, Jo (December 10, 2003). "Midwest Illinois Cheeseburger Lawsuit". The New York Times. Retrieved July 1, 2009.

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