Hamburger day: It’s a juicy day for premium burger fans. First, Fuddruckers makes its island return at 11 a.m. today, 111 23rd St. downtown, and just in time for Mardi Gras. Last last year, Peter Tropoli, COO of Luby’s Fuddruckers, announced plans to open the eatery on the first floor of the Armour Building, which Mitchell Historic Properties owns. It’s the same place Fuddruckers, a casual-dining chain, was operating in 2008 when Hurricane Ike flooded its building. At the time, Landry’s Restaurant Group owned the island Fuddruckers franchise and never reopened it.
In 2010, Houston-based Luby’s acquired the Fuddruckers chain for $61 million. Standup comedian Carlos Mencia opened Maggie Rita’s Mexican Grill & Bar in the island Fuddruckers spot. But that concept bid adios earlier this year.