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Fatz History

Humble Beginnings

In the South, it’s the simple things that mean the most. Like the easy laughter of friends and the tantalizing aroma of fried chicken wafting from the kitchen. There’s just something so satisfying about that first bite of crispy, hand-breaded, perfectly fried chicken; a prelude to the tender, seasoning-infused juiciness inside. It just makes people feel good. Which was all the inspiration needed to start Fatz Cafe.

In the fall of 1988, like all good things, we started simple, in a converted roadside peach shed in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with a simple premise – to serve authentic, craveable food for all the hometown folks to enjoy. And use the best ingredients to create the finest quality menu while treating guests like members of the family.

Today the sheds are a lot bigger and they’re spread out over 46 locations in 5 states. They still bring good friends together and they still serve our world-famous, hand-breaded Calabash Chicken with that perfect blend of seasoning, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Plus, Carolina Peach Cobbler and a lot of other you’ve-just-got-to-try-this favorites. Here’s to the simple things. They’re still the best.