Will you travel hundreds of miles for your last Chubbys' burger?
Expect big queues at Chubbys this weekend as punters turn up in their droves to enjoy their final kebabs and burgers from the Cambridge Street institution.
We’ve already heard stories of people preparing to travel hundreds of miles across the country for the final taste of their melted cheese.
If the reaction to our Chubbys merchandise is anything to go by there will be protests if they don’t find a new home in the coming months.
Their history is virtually unparalleled in the after-dark eatery stakes.
When Chubbys opened its doors for the first time the nearby Limit club on West Street was only two years old. That shut in 1991.
Josephine’s – which opened in 1976 and was only yards from the door of Chubbys – provided a steady stream of hungry customers from the day it opened until the day they shut.
It served the thousands that frequented Kingdom and the punters that danced the night away at Sheffield City Hall Ballroom club nights like Drop, Hotpants, Brighton Beach and more.
The Human League hadn’t even released ‘Dare’ when the eatery cooked its first burger and Def Leppard – fresh from early performances at the likes of the nearby Wapentake, would release their debut ‘On Through the Night’ album the same year as Chubbys first opened their doors.
Unveiling a late-night takeaway couldn’t have been further from the career path of owner Mehran Behizad. Iranian-born – he first came to Sheffield in 1973 to study industrial design at the then polytechnic.
But he met his Sheffield-born wife and decided to stay in the UK to raise a family.
The Iranian Revolution of 1979 ruled out any return to his homeland at that time so he made the decision to set up Chubbys with various business partners. He later became the sole owner.
One Chubbys regular remembered: “I only had to look at my shirt the morning after to know I’d visited Chubbys. If I had it would be covered in cheese sauce!
“I’ve been frequenting Chubbys since the ‘80s. I then passed on the tradition to my own kids - they love it. I still use it – but not quite as often or as late as I did in the 1980s.”
“I’ll be devastated to see it go. It has been a welcome part of the furniture for as long as I can remember. Cambridge Street has chopped and changed over the decades but Chubbys has stayed a constant. I even expected it to outlive me!”
We wish them all the luck in the world as they start the search for a good home.