Fatburger will begin serving the Impossible Burger in Southern California.
The highly anticipated plant-based burger, from Impossible Foods, will debut in five LA-based locations:
The Impossible Burger will be featured on Fatburger menus with traditional toppings including lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, mustard, onion, pickles, and relish. Diners may also customize their orders with additional add-ons.
Fatburger’s tagline, “The Last Great Hamburger Stand,” is a homage to the company’s founder, Lovie Yancey, who in 1947 opened a modest three-stool stand on Western Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. Since then, the original burger stand has expanded to more than 175 locations in at least 18 countries and landed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list.
Fatburger’s iconic SoCal burger brand status has inspired a cult following since the early 1950s and has been synonymous with Hollywood celebrities and musicians, immortalized in songs by Ice Cube, Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G. and the Beastie Boys (who "fly with Fatburger" when "way out west”). Fatburger made David Letterman's Top 10 list for things he'd miss most about Los Angeles and has had celebrity franchise owners including Kanye West and Pharrell.
“Fatburger pioneered the development of the ‘better burger’ industry,” said Fatburger CEO Andrew Wiederhorn. “Now we're pioneering menu development with the Impossible Burger, and are excited to offer it to our customers.”
In development since 2011, the Impossible Burger is the world's only burger that handles, smells, cooks and tastes like ground beef from cows—but is made entirely from plants.
The Impossible Burger is made from simple ingredients found in nature, including water, wheat, coconut oil and potatoes. One special ingredient—heme—contributes to the characteristic taste of meat and catalyzes all the other flavors when meat is cooked. Impossible Foods discovered how to get heme from plants, transforming the Impossible Burger into a carnivore’s delight that’s light on the planet.
Impossible Foods just launched production last month at its first large-scale manufacturing plant in Oakland, Calif. As the Oakland plant ramps up over the next several quarters, more and more restaurants will begin serving Impossible Burgers. For the full list of about restaurants serving the Impossible Burger, click here.
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