The tumultuous ride that started with some cheddar fries (with bacon, green onions pickled jalepeños and cheddar and cheddar and cheddar) and continued with bankruptcy, bulldozers, a momentous rebuilding and a hostile take over is about to come full circle when the original Snuffer's reopens on Greenville Avenue on March 10.
Did your entire cardiovascular system just shudder? It should have. While the suburban Snuffer's locations have endured, us city folk are just over a week away from laying claim to the one and only original Snuffer's -- days away from basketball-sized mounds of greasy french fries topped with Day-Glo orange cheese and enough crumbled bacon bits to stock a Shoney's salad bar.
The only thing missing is Pat Snuffer himself. Mike Karns' Firebird Restaurant Group stepped in to buy up the debt associated with Snuffer's Bankruptcy filing last March. "Our goal is to utilize the multifaceted financial and operational resources at Firebird to maximize this investment," Karns said at the time. He went on to sue Pat Snuffer for defaulting on the debt, and then take over every location of the restaurant. All this while the Greenville Avenue location was knocked to the ground and rebuilt.
So don't be surprised if some of the green you see this Saint Patrick's Day comes in the form of guacamole. Firebird owns El Fenix and Meso Maya, two restaurants that are steeped in the avocado purée. You'll be able to order it as a topping on your burger or cheddar fries, or if you're a purist, as a side with chips.
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Actually Snuffer's front porch is probably one of the best places to take in the Saint Patrick's Day parade if you want to stay off the street, and they'll be serving $1 Bud Light drafts. Good luck getting a spot.