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Fat Shorty’s Is Closing in Clarendon

The sausage-and-beer hall plans to cease operations in two weeks.

Say goodbye to brats and beers on Clarendon Boulevard. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

A Groupon message from Fat Shorty’s broke the news to its buyers that the Clarendon restaurant will close. Owner Aaron Gordon tells us that he’s in the process of selling the location at 3035 Clarendon Boulevard, and plans to shutter in two weeks. There’s no word yet on who will move in. 

Gordon is behind other fast-casual ventures including Tangy Sweet and Red Velvet, as well as Drafting Table and Bar di Bari on 14th Street. While he transitioned concepts in the Clarendon space from the salad-centric Rabbit to sausages and beers at Fat Shorty’s, he says the operation wasn’t as profitable as hoped. When interested buyers started making offers, he took the opportunity to focus on other existing operations. 

“I spread myself a little too thin, so I’m consolidating,” says Gordon. 

We’ll update you on which new restaurant is coming to Clarendon when the information is available. 

  • acsenray

    The food was great, but it was a tad expensive. Is there any equivalent around?

  • Heroic Hal

    I thought it was strange that they had a list of a la carte side dishes, while some of their combos came with side dishes that weren't on the a la carte list that I would love to have ordered with the a la carte sausages.

  • Clarendon Guy

    Here is (was) the issue: 1. No one wants to go to a place named Fat Shorty's. That choice was silly. 2. Clarendon businessmen can't have lunch there because they play this loud terrible music all of the time and you can't have a conversation. 3. The interior was not inviting in any way. Having said this, I love the food and am bummed!

  • Carlos

    Prices were out of whack, especially with Hard Times next door. Not inviting enough to have drinks only. Not surprised.

  • kwaters

    I've tried going twice. The first time they had just opened (4 weeks ago) and were out of mussels. The second time they were closed, 10 pm and their website said 2 am. I've been really looking forward to going there! This is really a shame.

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