The Ellsworth Fuddruckers closed its doors abruptly on Monday, three years after this photo was taken of a worker installing the lettering for the burger joint. FILE PHOTO

Fuddruckers closes



ELLSWORTH — According to a post on its Facebook page on June 18, the Fuddruckers restaurant at the Tradewinds Variety complex on State Street “is closed and will not reopen.”

The restaurant, which opened in 2015, was the Texas-based chain’s first location north of Boston, according to an article in The American that same year.

The restaurant shut its doors abruptly on Monday, with management citing “seasonal business, rising labor costs and overall costs of doing business” as part of the reasons for the closure. Those who have gift cards can turn them in to Tradewinds for a refund, according to the post.

The chain is known for its fresh buns and never-frozen beef burgers. The Ellsworth location was covered in New England sports decor and TVs to watch sporting events. The space sat 86 diners with a mixture of table and booth seating.

South Street Development LLC and Tradewinds purchased the property in 2014 for $389,000, according to Ellsworth city records.