Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

November 5, 2011

Fat Patty’s on the way

ASHLAND — Ashland will start the new year with a new restaurant, according to Clint Artrip, owner of Huntington’s Fat Patty’s, who hopes to close a deal on the former C.J. Maggie’s American Grill building by next week.

Artrip said a representative of Gordon Food Service advised him there was a “For Sale” sign on the front door of the Ashland restaurant and he was initially suspicious of the information.

“I asked her to send a picture,” Artrip said with a smile. “I called ... why wouldn’t I?”

Artrip said the new Fat Patty’s in Ashland is expected to be open by Jan. 2.

“We’re really serious about that goal, but you never know what can happen,” he said, explaining he wants to “open it up” and remove the wall dividing the bar and dining area.

The new restaurant will be “exactly the same” as the Fat Patty’s in Huntington and Barboursville, with the addition of Kentucky memorabilia and other decor. Artrip said he is planning a “yard sale” for the often-unusual decor items from C.J. Maggie’s.

“It’s not going to be Fat Maggie’s, it is going to be Fat Patty’s,” Artrip said. He later noted the hardest part of most restaurant renovations is the kitchen, although that won’t be an issue in Ashland.

“Just look at this walk-in (cooler). You can park two cars in here,” he said, joking some members of his existing staff “will walk in and hug this thing.”

While renovation work is ongoing, Artrip said he hopes to hear from former C.J. Maggie’s staff who want to work for him.

“If we get some experienced people in here, half my job is done,” he said. “We definitely want good experienced cooks — reliable people. Anyone with a good work history that wants to work for us will get a shot.”

Artrip said employment information will soon be posted in the front window of the restaurant.

“We are encouraging all former employees and management to please, please come see us,” he said.

Fat Patty’s prides itself on great food and service, Artrip said, adding the most popular menu items include the Big Fat Patty, Patty Burgers and the Pretzel Patty.

“People love our Pretzel Patty,” he said, shortly after telling a potential customer the restaurant doesn’t claim to have competitive prices.

“We’re not competitive. We are way below everybody,” he said.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at

tpreston@dailyindependent.com or

(606) 326-2651.

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