Marcus Lalario's Fat's Chicken and Waffles made a soft debut in the former Catfish Corner space at 2726 E Cherry last week, and now the restaurant is officially open. If you haven't made it in yet, get familiar with the gallery above, then head on over to the Central District for some shrimp, catfish, fried green tomatoes, and more.
Inside, the restaurant decor includes touches by two locals: the wall mural is by Jesse Brown and the tables, chairs, and benches are by Nick Yoshihara. Outside, the corner is maintaining the legendary 17-foot-high Martin Luther King, Jr. portrait that James Crespinel first painted at Catfish Corner in 1995. (When Eater was photographing Fat's, Crespinel was on site touching up the mural. While Eater Insides focus on decor and generally don't include photos of people, in this case we couldn't resist: see a shot of Crespinel painting at the end of the gallery.)
Fat's is still working out permanent hours, but it's currently open 4:30 to 10 p.m. nightly unless otherwise specified on Facebook.