This means the food is being led by Fat City’s Eric Silverstein (who is also the founder of Asian-Southern restaurants the Peached Tortilla and Bar Peached), while the dog park and bar portion will remain under Yard Bar founder Kristen Heaney. She had been looking to bring in an outside food business, and Silverstein’s pop-up made sense since Yard Bar hosted Fat City’s first pop-up last August.
Fat City’s menu at Yard Bar features its sliders — referred to as stacks — made with beef smash patties, onions, and pickles, plus cheese and double-patties with cheese options. The fried chicken iteration is made with togarashi ranch, pickles, and shredded lettuce. There are also chicken tenders, crinkle fries, tater tots, and an array of sauces from Sriracha ketchup to honey mustard to its Fat sauce (a take on Thousand Island dressing).
Fat’s desserts center on soft serve and floats, including a root beer and the orange dreamsicle. Yard Bar will still serve cocktails, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic mixed drinks. Orders can be placed at the counter in person and there will be online ordering.
Fat City also renovated Yard’s current patio and parking lot. This includes adding a children’s play area and a covered trellis, plus refreshing the four putt-putt holes. There’s already outdoor seating as well.
During the renovation process, Silverstein has been temporarily operating Fat City as a third-party delivery-only restaurant since mid-April. The third-party deliveries are still available through Uber Eats and DoorDash through a pilot program with ghost kitchen company Reef Kitchens.
Silverstein launched Fat City in August 2020 as a way to keep his staff employed and bring in more revenue. Heaney opened Yard Bar in 2015 as a dog park with membership and day passes plus bar and restaurant.
Fat City Stacks’s hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and then from noon to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Update, July 26, 11:33 a.m.: This article, originally published on May 7, has been updated to reflect Fat City’s opening date, hours, and renovation details.