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Fatburger Brings Big Burgers to Temecula

The main attraction at Fatburger, which was slated to officially open its doors at 10 a.m. Friday in Temecula, is a 24-ounce burger.

Temecula burger lovers rejoice: an even bigger burger has come to town.

The main attraction at Fatburger, which was slated to officially opened its doors at 10 a.m. Friday at 40573 Margarita Road, is the XXXL, a 24-ounce burger.

“I thought there was a need in this area for a good burger,” said 36-year-old Ray Malik, who co-owns the Fatburger franchise with wife, Nargis Rashid. “It is not that Temecula doesn’t have In-N-Out or Fives Guys; this is a whole different thing. It’s the size of the burger, nobody has the size of burgers we have."

If the 24-ouncer is too much, that’s OK. The burgers range in size from 2.5 ounces on up for the lighter eaters. The menu of the Los Angeles-founded chain also consists of turkey and veggie burgers. There are also milkshakes, homemade onion rings, chili fat cheese fries and egg sandwiches with bacon or sausage.

Employee Flavia Merida, 27, of Lake Elsinore, has already decided on her favorite menu item.

“The best thing that I like from Fatburger is the chicken sandwich with guacamole, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, onions and mayo,” said Merida, who until she was hired at Fatburger had been out of work for at least a year.

About 20 employees, including a manager, found work at the store Malik began construction on last summer. The employees have been spending the last several days in training.

The Temecula location marks the second for Malik. After he graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 1999, Malik said he felt destined to become an entrepreneur. He purchased a gas station, which he ran for about five years. He then had a short stint in the mortgage business until the economy tanked.

In 2007, he purchased a Fatburger location near University Avenue and Highway 60 in Riverside. He quickly became a believer in the product that got its start in 1952, and wants to grow with the company. A Corona resident, he plans to open at least one or two more Fatburgers in the Inland Empire.

“This is the first store I am opening from scratch,” said Malik, who has two children, 5 and 3, to support. “The next step will be another one and then another one.”

Operating hours at Fatburger in Temecula are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 40573 Margarita Road, next to Chipotle and Ryan Bros. Coffee near The Promenade.

Customers who stopped by prior to the Friday opening were given “fatchecks” for free food, Malik said. Now they can redeem those coupons.

“I’ve been having at least 30 to 40 people a day stop by to eat,” Malik said. “So I gave them fatchecks. I’ve handed out at least 250 of them. I have to take care of my customers. It took awhile to open because everything needs to be in order. We wanted everything we make to come to perfection.”

Ann Marie December 14, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Do love the burger places, but for another option, wish I could find more " fast food" healthier joints, if they exist
rodger cambell December 14, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I know two guys that built muitipul fast food franchises, that neglected their families and now there kids have big trust funds that help pay for there assess and expensive rehab programs every couple years and they have a love-hate relationship with each other now. Kids don't care about more like parents do. U need to be there for and with them. It goes by so fast. Don't leave a life of family regret for the money drug.
rodger cambell December 14, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Ann: I think that the Greek drive through has healthy salads... Get a lattice wrap or protein style well done, not too bad.
Galactic Cannibal December 14, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Keep feeding the OAD...Obese American Dream. So 20 years on, more and more Americans get HA's heart attacks etc. Not forgetting the slaughter of millions of cows (cattle) each year YEP way not to g o
Stanley December 14, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Now we get to see more fat slobs waddling around before they die of diabetes or hypertension.
V.W.D.S. December 14, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Wow, haters! Go eat your salads and hummus! I truly enjoy a good grilled burger and In & Out you have to get a double double just to see the meat! Yea for a big juicy Fat Burger!
prisi December 14, 2012 at 06:24 PM
agree...I am tired of so much junk food chains in Temecula...wish we had more healthy affordabe choices...we need to teach our kids to make healthy choices BY EXAMPLE
SA December 14, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Michele Obama take that …bring on the fast food …. Bring on new business new jobs... No one forces anyone to eat fast food …
Stanley December 14, 2012 at 07:11 PM
That's true but everyone pays for higher medical premiums because of the fat pigs in our society.
john davis December 14, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Yeah! Another greasy processed meat distributor and deep fat fryer in Temecula. Obese people should rejoice.
john davis December 14, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Yeah! Another greasy processed meat distributor and deep fat fryer in Temecula. Obese people should rejoice.
john davis December 14, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Yeah! Another greasy processed meat distributor and deep fat fryer in Temecula. Obese people should rejoice.
john davis December 14, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Yeah! Another greasy processed meat distributor and deep fat fryer in Temecula. Obese people should rejoice.
djschristensen3 December 14, 2012 at 08:00 PM
It's quality not quantity. I love, borderline addicted to The Habit burger grill in Murrieta: salads, sandwiches, burgers, milkshakes are to die for and then... sweet potato fries. Gotta go get me the best burger now.
SA December 14, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Stanley very nice … I am sure you wouldn’t walk into a fast food join and call someone a “Fat Pig” … But then again society is full of “Asshats”
Karen Anderson December 14, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Don't eat there if you don't like it. There are hundreds of other places to eat in this town, or hey, stay home and cook. Wow, the quarry got run out of town, now it's a fast food chain, what's next? At least they are bringing new jobs to the area. And we all have to take personal responsibility for our choices. There are some angry, cynical people in this town.
Stanley December 14, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Jobs? You're correct that more jobs will be created in the health industry to treat the health needs of the fat gluttons. The few new employees that flip the burgers will send most of their paychecks back to Mexico.
Samantha December 14, 2012 at 11:14 PM
So many people here assume if you eat fast food you're obese, or even overweight. I LOVE a good burger and I know you would never look at me and call me any of those names because I'm skinny! It's a shame some people don't understand you can maintain a healthy weight and still enjoy your fav foods. It's called moderation people.
wolfcreek December 15, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Sounds like some people here need a tofu patty with sprouts wrapped in a romaine leaf. They should open up “Skinny Burger” and see how long it stays in business. Can’t wait to taste those green bean fries.
Layse December 15, 2012 at 05:35 AM
This place is amazing! I love the burgers, presentation is great and great customer service :)
V.W.D.S. December 15, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I don't eat out often, we stay home and cook healthy meals, so when I do opt to eat out, I want a good juicy grilled burger! Fat Burger rocks! And yes, anyone that opens a new place in this economy deserves support! I think the haters don't cook and probably eat out daily - therefore they NEED healthy choices! I get my healthy choices in my kitchen and my splurge is my Fat Burger!
V.W.D.S. December 15, 2012 at 04:24 PM
All you haters - go home and cook! I know you all routinely eat out and that is why you are complaining! Those of us that maintain healthy lifestyles DON'T eat out often, we cook at home, we take our lunches to work (at least I DO) but when I want to go out and spend money, I want a good juicy burger! Try cooking sometime and packing lunches! If you need me to, I can give you some tips : I take cut up celery and mini carrots and even a container of yogurt to work and some whole grain crackers with a can of tuna - I make a good healthy salad and store it in the fridge for easy access and a few meals (packaged salad is so wrong!). Come Saturday afternoon though - I have no problem dropping some money in town on a good place to eat !
V.W.D.S. December 15, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Go home to your kitchen and teach your kids to cook! duh!
V.W.D.S. December 15, 2012 at 04:29 PM
The biggest problem with 'healthier' fast food is that most people don't know how to make it lean and still have flavor. I went on a major lifestyle overhaul 10yrs back and learned how to cook my favorite meals lean and flavorful and its not hard to do, its just that the few places I have tried, just don't get it. Therefore, I just keep my lean meals at home and when I want to splurge on the occasional dinner out, I go for the best - big juicy grilled - steak, burgers, potatoes, sour cream etc! One meal won't kill you! Its when you eat out everyday, the sodium alone in fast food choices - even those 'low carb' versions can kill you eaten every day. People just need to learn to go home and cook and enjoy a meal out now and then like a Fat Burger!
Wahine December 15, 2012 at 11:43 PM
V.W.D.S. You've got a great meal plan there....WTG...I must admit we eat out a lot...but folks, I understand about all the processed meats, high sodium contents and other high caloric foods out there...I don't feel a bit of guilt about eating burgers and other fatty foods because I hit the gym everyday.....join the gym or jog regularly so u can eat anything you want without being called FAT... Jus sayin'
Frank December 26, 2012 at 07:24 AM
When are you opening one in victorville or HESPERIA we love fatburgers here I drove Friday down to Ontario to have a XXXXL with my family you need to come up in the high desert???
john January 06, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Great service and great burgers!
John March 25, 2013 at 09:17 PM
As they say....."opinions are like a**holes, everyone's got one." Do what you want, deal with the consequences, and live your life! If you want to die fat, or skinny, or whatever, DO IT. People have heart attacks when they're healthy....granted their chances are greater when they don't watch what they eat, but that's THEIR DECISION, NOT YOURS. Damn, go hug a tree already! :P

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