A Colorado chain that specializes in mega-sandwiches and late-night grub is opening a restaurant to serve the TCU crowd.
Called Fat Shack, it's opening a block from campus at 2858 W. Berry St., an address that's previously been home to such memorable businesses as Lenny's Sub Shop, the Science Lab Bar & Grill, Whiskey Bar & Grill, and Whiskey Rose Saloon.
But they're no Fat Shack, which will feature dine-in with beer on tap, take-out, and delivery via DoorDash and UberEats.
The menu has burgers, French fries, chicken fingers, wings, and a selection of fun and funky "fat sandwiches" which feature unexpected fillings, most of them fried sides.
The Fat Tommy, for example, has chicken fingers, fries, pickles, lettuce, and tomato. The Fat Cow has mac 'n' cheese, bacon, fries, mozzarella sticks, and bacon ranch. The Fat Stimpy has cheesesteak, onion rings, fries, and jalapeno poppers. You get your sandwich and your side all in one bite.
The Fat Hangover sandwich, with fried eggs, American cheese, sausage, bacon, French fries, onion rings, and ketchup, really sums up what it's all about.
More delicate diners can order sides on their own, such as the jalapeno poppers, fried pickles, onion rings, and mac 'n' cheese bites.
Burgers are Angus beef and are served with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and "burger sauce" on a toasted brioche bun. You can get them in a single-patty version, a classic with two patties, or the supreme with three patties for $9.99.
There are also vanilla and chocolate milkshakes, to which you can add mix-ins such as malt, Oreo cookies, peanut-butter cups, or strawberries.
Desserts are an assortment of State-Fair-style deep-fried goodies that include deep-fried battered Oreos, fried twinkies, fried funnel cake bites, fried cheesecake bites, and fried Rice Krispie bites, which even at 4 pm sound good, so you can imagine how irresistible they might sound after a night at the club at 2 am.
Fat Shack was founded in 2010 by Tom Armenti, who wanted to provide a late-night dining option. He started out in a bagel shop that was open during the day, using the space from 6 pm-4 am to run his own night-time concept.
He opened his first standalone store in Fort Collins, Colorado in 2011, then joined forces with partner Kevin Gabauer to expand the concept. Fat Shack now has 13 locations, mostly in Colorado but also in the state of Washington and in Texas, in two college towns: College Station and Denton, which opened in 2016.
According to a spokesperson, the Fort Worth location is aiming for a "late April" opening, although it could be as late as mid-May.