Fat Shack opens for late-night sandwiches near UCF

Restaurant marks Colorado-based chain’s first Florida location

New Fat Shack location at 12090 Collegiate Way (Fat Shack)

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Colorado-based chain Fat Shack is now open for late-night eats near the campus of the University of Central Florida.

The restaurant, located at 12090 Collegiate Way, is the first Florida shop for the chain, according to its website. That location officially opened for business Wednesday.


The restaurant specializes in decadent menu offerings such as fried appetizers, cheesesteaks, wings, deep-fried desserts and its signature “Fat Sandwiches,” like a Fat Doobue, which consists of chicken fingers, french fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks and honey mustard.

The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The chain was started in 2010 by owner Tom Armenti who would later move his operations to Fort Collins, Colorado — bringing his college friend Kevin Gabauer into the business around the same time, according to the company’s website.

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Fat Shack began franchising in 2015 and now has locations in 13 states across the U.S.

The UCF location is owned and operated by franchisees Barb and Rob Kowalski, according to the company.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.