New owner to reopen Maine’s Fat Boy drive-in restaurant this week

Fat Boy is in a unique position to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

14forkfatboy - Fat Boy Drive-In is a classic of casual food in Brunswick, Maine. (David Lyon)
–David Lyon, File

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A landmark fast-food drive-in restaurant in Maine that was on the market for nearly a year and a half has been sold.

Longtime owners Jeanne and Ken Burton have been running the Fat Boy in Brunswick since the 1980s, taking over for Ken’s father. The business was sold to local restaurateur Mike Jerome last week, the Times Record reported Monday.

Jerome plans to open the restaurant on Thursday with a limited menu. Fat Boy is in a unique position to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, because a drive-in diner follows social distancing practices by design.

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Fat Boy grilled up its first burger in 1955, across the road from the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. The restaurant went up for sale in December 2018 after Ken and Jeanne Burton decided they were ready to retire.

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