Novice restaurateur sets the stage for a revival of Hamburger Hamlet brand

Novice restaurateur sets the stage for a revival of Hamburger Hamlet brand

It isn’t easy to recreate a 57-year-old brand, but Hamburger Hamlet, the thespian-theme upscale burger chain, is almost ready for its closeup. It has been three years since Andrew Tavakoli bought Hamburger Hamlet for $10 million. At the time, the then-12-unit chain was part of the holdings of bankrupt Prandium Inc., which was also parent at one point of the Chi-Chi’s Mexican dinnerhouse brand and rotisserie chicken concept Koo Koo Roo.

Tavakoli, a businessman with no experience in foo

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