Ever since Colorado-based quick-service burger chain Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard took control of newcomer Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, the full-service Bad Daddy's has been expanding its presence in Colorado as well as in other states. Big Daddy's, which was founded in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2007 by Frank Scibelli and Dennis Thompson, just opened the sixth Bad Daddy's in Colorado, this time targeting the newly refurbished Southwest Plaza Mall in Littleton.
Good Times Restaurants Inc., which is based in Golden, originally acquired 48 percent of Bad Daddy's in 2013 and promptly opened the first Denver location in Cherry Creek in early 2014. At the time, Boyd Hoback, the president and CEO of Good Times, stated, "We were looking for another growth concept — we looked at dozens around the country — and we really liked what we saw in Bad Daddy's, in particular that it's a chef-driven restaurant; it has management that wanted to stay involved; and because of its past success, we believe it has the ability to do a lot of sales."
In 2015, Good Times bought out the remaining 52 percent of Bad Daddy's and began the westward expansion in earnest, adding locations in Aurora, Northglenn, the Denver Tech Center's Landmark development and the Streets at Southglenn. That's just the start: The company is now in the process of building out new stores in Longmont, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs.
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Where Good Times specializes in hand-sized, paper-wrapped burgers perfect for noshing while driving (not that we'd recommend that — or ever do it ourselves), Bad Daddy's claim to fame is over-sized monsters with eye-popping toppings, like the Bad Ass burger made with a ten-ounce beef patty and topped with buttermilk-fried bacon.
The new Southwest Plaza burger bar is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.to 11 p.m.
Bad Daddy's currently operates sixteen restaurants in four states, primarily in North Carolina and Colorado. Good Times operates many more locations but has yet to spread beyond Colorado and Wyoming.