A Quincy restaurant that’s been serving the city at 24 Chestnut St. for the past 12 years is relocating. The Fat Cat will move right round the corner to a newer and larger space at 1495 Hancock St.
“Growing building concerns” resulted in the restaurant lacking a functioning draft beer system and air conditioning, signaling time to begin the transition, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The building the restaurant currently occupies is reportedly set for demolition and will be replaced by a new development.
The Fat Cat will be moving into a space with some history in the Quincy drinking and dining scene — before the Fat Cat, the space at 1495 Hancock St. housed the Iron Furnace, the Stadium, and the original Alba Restaurant, which now operates across the way at 1486 Hancock St.
The Fat Cat is known for comfort food like lobster mac and cheese and hot wings. The Facebook post states that the restaurant will feature new menu items when it reopens. Bobby Sisson — a veteran of the Boston fine-dining scene who has worked at Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, and Sportello — has been hired to steward the Fat Cat’s kitchen when it reopens.
Read the full statement from the Fat Cat’s owner, Neil Kiley, below:
Dear friends and family, and we consider all of you family, it is with bittersweet emotions that we have to inform you that tonight will be our last night in operation at 24 Chestnut Street. Due to a number of growing building concerns (ie no draft beer system, no air conditioning etc) we will be starting our transition to our new larger, shinier home at 1495 Hancock Street. We anticipate opening our new location mid August and have all sorts of new tricks, drinks and menu items coming your way. Thank you for an amazing first 12 years and we look forward to serving you for many more at our new Fat Cat home.
• The Fat Cat [Official Site]