UPDATE: According to a statement by Scott Slater, the owner of Slater’s 50/50, he will be selling his six restaurants to an independent operator, not closing.
Slater’s 50/50, a popular customizable burger parlor, will be selling all of their six restaurant locations, reported the OC Register earlier today.
We spoke to Scott Slater, owner of the Slater’s restaurant chain, who said he was definitely not closing down his Orange County locations as was previously reported. Rather, he’s stepping down as president of Slater’s 50/50 to allow a new restauranteur to spearhead the burger-slinging chain’s future.
Nothing’s happened with the concept. It’s still Slater’s 50/50, Slater told us.
Initially, it looked like closures were happening with Slater’s due to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification notice which stated that the locations in Anaheim Hills, Huntington Beach, and San Diego would be permanently closing.
Slater assured that closures would not be happening, nor layoffs. Rather, the filing was made as a courtesy due to him selling restaurants to a new buyer.
Slater’s, founded in Anaheim Hill in 2009, was popularized by their ground bacon and beef burgers known as their staple 50/50 patties. Also, patrons could customize their entrees however they liked with an overabundance of decedent ingredients and cheeses. Personally, we just threw extra anchovies on our burgers and slathered it with garlic aioli.
Slater’s Anaheim Hills location, the first spot that opened, will be the first to undergo renovations and improvements from the new buyer. Slater himself, while not president, will remain the face of the company.
We’ll still be getting our anchovy bacon burger sometime within the next week, regardless, all this burger talk has got our stomachs riled up.