A Quincy mainstay that was forced to shutter temporarily earlier this summer reopened in its new space last night. The Fat Cat opened its doors — again — in a newer and much more spacious location on Hancock Street, and under the stewardship of chef Bobby Sisson, who has spent time in fine-dining establishments such as Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, and Sportello.
The new space (1495 Hancock St.) can accommodate 150 diners, which is more than double the previous space’s occupancy, and formerly housed the Iron Furnace, the Stadium, and Alba Restaurant, which now operates across the street at 1486 Hancock St.
“The Fat Cat is getting fatter,” said Fat Cat owner Neil Kiley in a release.
Much of the Fat Cat menu will remain the same, with new additions to go along with the increase in space. The Fat Cat will continue to feature comfort food, only this time with some influence from Sisson’s experience in fine dining. Some of Sisson’s new menu items include wild boar ragu with polenta, pork belly served with cherry gastrique and frisée, and cold-smoked trout pâté.
The Fat Cat cited “growing building concerns” in a Facebook post as its reason for relocating. The Chestnut Street building is reportedly set for demolition, and will be replaced by a new development.