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Are Cheese Fries Endangered? Snuffer’s Files Chapter 11

Snuffer's cheese fries (photo by Brian Lopiccolo)
Snuffer’s cheese fries (photo by Brian Lopiccolo)

Word from court filings: Snuffer’s Restaurants files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Debtor:  Snuffer’s Restaurants, Inc.

Case 13-31095-11

Filed 03/04/13

Snuffer’s has been sued for nonpayment to vendors before, but they’ve managed to stay alive. I’ve reached out to Pat Snuffer for details.

UPDATE: Word from Pat Snuffer: “This is a reorganization under Chapter 11, which allows us to continue in a business as usual manner. No changes. All Snuffer’s remain open, and operational.”

23 comments on “Are Cheese Fries Endangered? Snuffer’s Files Chapter 11

  1. Back when I was a reporter in Prague in the early 90s, I was buds with another scribe, an SMU Grad named Dee. Since we were both dating other people, we pledged a kind of troth to each other, that one day we’d meet back home in Big D at Snuffers on Greenville avenue over a plate of their Cheese Fries. We did, several times.

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  3. They can save some money by cutting down that pile of salt they put on every burger.

  4. This is what happens when you put all your money on the 49ers!!!! Bookies come before Sysco!!!

  5. Sued for nonpayment? They should be sued for crappy food, high prices and bad service. Once the lemmings woke up that there is good food and service out there they left.

  6. Dear Pat Snuffer: It is time you visit your competition and make some changes or close your remaining locations.
    Please visit: Maple & Motor, Liberty Burgers, Jakes Hamburgers, and Hopdoddy Burger Bar. These restaurants are taking your business with higher quality food, presentation, service and cleaner facilities. In fact, In & Out Burger is crushing you too !

  7. Critic, you are right! Anyone visiting Preston Center is going to Hopdaddy or driving a few exits up to Liberty.

  8. OMG this is TRAGIC!!!!!! Nothing better than a cold Snufferita, Cheese Fries and Good Ol Burger……..you haters are CRAZY, i have been going here since the 80’s. I live in St Louis now and as SOON as i get off the plane i go STRAIGHT there…..GOD SPEED PAT SNUFFER!!!! Please keep this going!!!!

  9. Their quality was great and at it’s best when they only had two locations, Greenville (78-current) and Addison (opened around 1990). I would easily eat there with friends a dozen times a month or more. Today? I might eat there once a year. Then Pat Snuffer wanted to expand all over DFW and their food quality went to shit – it is that simple. Anyone who ate there pre-2000 knows exactly what I’m talking about. First it was little things….lower quality cheese in the cheese fries, bacon bits went from great thick cut pieces to the thin processed crap they use today. Then it was the burgers….and as one person mentioned there is a lot of salt and garlic used on the burgers today, probably to cover up the lower quality beef. I can even see the thinner consistency with the ranch dressing. Little things? Maybe…maybe not. Too many cute tricks will bring you down. Again, it’s pretty simple – Snuffer’s was a great place to eat for a long time and then they got cute with expanding to every suburb and especially expanding the menu, adding a bunch of crap to their menu (club sandwich, fried pickles…WTF?). If any of the better Dallas burger joints (Maple & Motor, Liberty, and a dozen others) did the same thing Pat Snuffer did, they would also meet their eventual demise. And if he (Snuffer) reads this I hope he learns that you don’t mess with a great thing. And Snuffer’s was a great place. A SMALL burger place when it had two consistenly packed locations long ago which had great food and service. Not any more.

  10. Snuffer’s has lost its way. The food has outlived it’s novelty and has not been kept up to date, exemplified by the high level of salt on their burgers and the sheer disgustingness of the cheese fries. I took my kids there a couple of years ago and even they–paragons of junk food–thought the cheese fries were nothing more than soggy potatoes swimming in grease. The restaurant would have a better ambiance if it were saturated in the heavy aroma of stale beer and urinal cakes.

  11. Snuffer’s has lost its way. The food has outlived it’s novelty and has not been kept up to date, exemplified by the brine on the burgers and the sheer disgustingness of the cheese fries. I took my kids there a couple of years ago and even they–paragons of junk food–thought the cheese fries were nothing more than soggy potatoes swimming in grease. The restaurant would have a better ambiance if it were saturated in the heavy aroma of stale beer and urinal cakes.

  12. Cheese fries wouldn’t be endangered if Snuffer’s was out of the picture. The are alive and well at Scotty P’s and Country Burger.

  13. I was a regular for years at the one in Plano, but after you watch regulars leave and staff treated like shit…well then you have to stop going. BTW, don’t go into the bathroom at the one in Plano, it smells like sewer. The food sucks, beer is warm and expensive. This is what happens when you let your children that have no respect run the place.

  14. I first visited Snuffer’s in the early 80″s in high school. It was our go-to dinner spot on weekends. Sadly, the wonderful food I remember from those days has been replaced by low-cost imitation junk. I’ve tried going in for dinner a couple times in the last few years, but cost-cutting, high prices & the inferior replacements for the once wonderful staples of Snuffers have made me vow to not return.

  15. Sued for non-payment of vendors? Hmmmmm …. sounds like the place should be renamed Sniffers.

  16. Any restaurant in the world that offers one white wine, in Snuffer’s case is undrinkable, is destined to fail and should. I won’t even add the misery of the saltiness of the hamburgers. It once was great, but those days are long over. Good bye and good riddance. Such a classic case of total stupidity.

  17. There was a time, back in the 1980s, when Snuffer’s had the best hamburger in Dallas.

  18. honestly, never was a fan, but my husband loved them. he’ll miss them. I however, would love to look at one of their properties ;)

  19. Hopdoddy’s Nutella chocolate pretzel shake is pretty good, but the burgers don’t come anywhere close to Maple & Motor, Liberty and Off-site Kitchen.

  20. I went to the Southlake location a few months ago and apparently they had sprayed for a cockroach infestation THAT MORNING and the restaurant was STILL OPEN. Roaches everywhere.
    Disgusting. Never again.