Inside the Shed

Inside the Shed

Our Story Begins in a Roadside Peach Shed...

In 1988, a few friends got together and decided they just couldn’t stomach plain ol' restaurants that offered nothing more than ho-hum food and mediocre service. They wanted something different, something with ties to the community and the type of food that makes people sit up and take notice. And they wanted a restaurant where genuine Southern hospitality was the norm, rather than the exception. And so Fatz was born.
While the first restaurant wasn’t exactly fancy – it was in a converted roadside peach shed – it had what mattered most: Great service. Great food. Great prices. And it worked. We’ve been serving throughout the South for over 25 years, and we’re just getting started.
Today, Fatz still offers folks Southern favorites at restaurants run by their friends and neighbors. We’re more than just another restaurant, we’re family, and we’re always happy to set you a place at the table and help feed your soul.

Fatz Family Focus

In their own words
The Fatz experience from some of our team and our guests.

Jim “Brummy” Brumagin

Devoted Regular
Dublin, VA

Brummy’s such a fan of Fatz, he’s joined us for lunch and dinner every single day for the past seven years. Now that’s what we call a loyal guest! We love taking care of Brummy, and we were tickled pink when he won our “How Do You Calabash?” contest last year.

Carlos Fair

General Manager
Asheville, NC

Carlos loves making guests feel like part of the Fatz family. In fact, his passion for offering up good food, great service and genuine Southern hospitality is what helped him win our 2015 Operator of the Year award. When he’s not taking care of guests, you may find Carlos digging into his favorite thing on the menu: the Garlic Shrimp Pasta.

Dana Martin

Service Manager
Greer, SC

There are many things Dana loves about Fatz, but working with guests is her all-time favorite. Guests always put a smile on her face, and she loves watching the new guests turn into regulars. When she’s not taking care of guests, you may find her treating herself to her favorite Fatz dessert: the Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie. YUM!

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