I had already been thinking about places and their meaning when I received an email from Fuddruckers telling me that the Annapolis store was closed and if I wanted to stay on the email list I should pick a new location. Normally, an email telling me that a chain restaurant was closed would elicit no more than a shrug from me. This one, however, was different. This Fuddruckers was our place.
I can remember being at the restaurant before we had kids. I’m not sure why we started going in the first place. I know my wife really liked their burgers and it was right across from the mall where she used to shop a lot. I just know we started going pretty early on in our Maryland lives. We continued going after we had kids. For a while, it was a mall/Fuddruckers trip. My wife would shop while I watched the kids play at the mall playground and then we would go get lunch. When the kids got older, they started asking to go, both for the food and the video games. Even after we stopped going to the mall we continued going to Fuddruckers. It became our Sunday thing. We would go to church, the kids would ask to go to Fuddruckers and we would head down for lunch. We were there enough that the staff knew us. We had not been lately. Part of it was my wife changing her diet and not wanting to go out as much. Part of it was the kids getting older and moving away. We got out of the habit and it became a lesser part of our lives. We had commented the last few times we were there that it didn’t seem busy. I don’t know if that’s what did it in or not. It is sad to see such a big part of our family life gone. Had we known this was coming, we would have gone one last time. I guess we need to find a new place.