Uptown in the NewsJanuary 30, 2008
Fat Cat’s food makes customers purr
By (Lorraine Swanson)
When Cy Oldham opened her restaurant, Fat Cat, at 4840 N. Broadway in the burgeoning Uptown Entertainment District, she expected to hit a single or a triple, but not a home run.
“I was looking to build and grow with the community as people moved into the area,” Oldham said. “I thought I was taking a gamble We became a destination and neighborhood place instantaneously because there wasn’t much up here.”
Serving American Contemporary cuisine, Oldham said that business has been phenomenal. Recruiting chef Sean Pharr, formerly of Tru, said Uptown residents are crazy for the corn dog appetizers, featuring bite-sized Vienna, Polish and spicy devil dog sausages, with three different types of sausages including ‘Spicy Chicago” that blends everything you can fit on a Chicago dog.
“We get all ages. It’s phenomenal. People are table hopping in here and everybody knows each other,” Oldham said. “We just started swing dancing lessons and live acoustic guitar during the week and a DJ on the weekends.”
Fat Cat’s prices are reasonable, with the most expensive entrée priced at $12.95. The most popular entrée is a Pork Belly Sammy at $9.95, featuring pork marinated in dark rum, Cuban spices and bananas, then slow-cooked for a minimum of 24 hours.
“Everything we do is very labor intensive,” Oldham said, adding that Fat Cat also hand-cuts about 100 pounds of potatoes per day for its own French fries.
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