Downtown is about to get a gut-busting late-night dining option. Fat Shack — the growing fast food franchise recently featured on the ABC show “Shark Tank” — is planning to open a location in Pioneer Square either late fall or early winter at 88 Yesler Way. As the chain established at its other locations around the country, patrons can plenty of indulgent items on the menu, including burgers, Buffalo wings, and sandwiches stuffed with mozzarella sticks. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sun-Wed, open until 3 a.m. on Thursdays, and until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Started in 2010 by a College of New Jersey grad who wanted to fill a void in the local late-night munchie scene, Fat Shack began as a small pop up on the East Coast, then established permanent outposts in Colorado and Texas. After its co-founders appeared on “Shark Tank” this past spring, one of the show’s judges, billionaire mogul Mark Cuban, agreed to back them with a six-figure deal. This will be the 15th location for the franchise, and the second in Washington (there’s one up north in Bellingham).
The new outpost in Seattle will be called Fat Shack Underground, since the space is subterranean, and most of the decor will go along with that theme, including historic pictures of Seattle, sports memorabilia, and possibly some local artwork. There will be beer and cider on tap from local Washington and Oregon breweries available as well.