Cheeseburger in Paradise (restaurant)
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|Headquarters||Houston, Texas, United States|
Number of locations
|1 state |
|President: Steve Overholt|
Cheeseburger in Paradise is a casual dining restaurant chain in the United States. The first restaurant opened on August 19, 2002, in the Southport area of 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.
In September 2018, the Omaha, NE location closed; the only remaining Cheeseburger in Paradise location left open in the U.S. is in Secaucus, NJ.
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 would close, either immediately or by the next few weeks. Affected stores included Fort Myers, Florida; Fishers, Indiana; Terre Haute, Indiana; Evansville, Indiana; Kansas City, Kansas; Middleton, Wisc.; Sterling Heights, Mich.; Pasadena, MD. Many of these stores were to be rebranded Fuddruckers Deluxe Bar and Grill, another concept owned by Luby's and a full-service version of their Fuddrucker's chain. Ultimately not all of them were, including the one in Fishers, Indiana.
As of August 21, 2018, only the Omaha, NE, and Secaucus, NJ, locations remain open.
As of September 28th, 2018, the Secaucus, NJ location is the only location remaining open.
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 name at their existing restaurants in Lahaina and Waikiki but prevented them from using it at any additional locations.
- Cheeseburger in Paradise locations
- Hunsinger Benbow, Dana (26 August 2014). "Hello, Fuddruckers! Cheeseburger in Paradise closes". Indy Star.
The only remaining Indiana Cheeseburger in Paradise, 4670 Southport Crossings Drive in Indianapolis, remains open, for now. That was the chain's original restaurant launched in 2002.
- "Indianapolis, IN -- Cheeseburger in Paradise". BuffettWorld. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- Jimmy Buffett Sells 'Cheeseburger In Paradise' Restaurants
- Fleming, Tyler. "Cheeseburgers in afterlife? Doors close at Jimmy Buffett-themed spot in Myrtle Beach". The Sun News. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
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