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Fattys Coming to Morris Street in October

New Morristown restaurant modeled after Rutgers 'grease trucks.'

Every day is a cheat day. At least, in Fattys world it is.

Is this a world you would like to live in? Then, you only have until mid-October to wait, as work continues at 46 Morris St., the future home of this new restaurant, styled after the famous Rutgers University "grease trucks" that introduced late night diners to the "fat sandwich" concoctions that paired items like cheeseburgers, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks and French fries between two pieces of bread and called it dinner.

Mike Dey, 32, has decided to expand his interests in restaurants after franchising a pair of international sandwich shops for the last five years. The Parsippany resident said it was time to go on his own, and what better place to do it than in Morristown.

Where his previous franchised businesses focused more on healthy fare, Fattys "is going the opposite route," he said.

That may be an understatement, as preliminary photos of planned sandwiches on Fattys Facebook page seem to suggest.

A New Jersey Institute of Technology graduate, Dey recalled driving an hour from Newark to get one of those famed "fat" sandwiches.

While he loved them, there was one thing Dey hoped could be different. "They used all frozen stuff," the entrepeneur said. "We want to do it all fresh and simple."

Most sandwiches will cost about $8, Dey said, but said, like the "fat" sandwiches, "it will be a complete meal."

The location, at the corner of Spring and Morris streets, . Dey said he drove past it about a year ago and said, "this is where I'm going to put my business."

Dey signed the lease on June 30.

Like the grease trucks Fattys has gathered its inspiration from, the plan is for his business to be a quick service stop. It's small, at 1,000 square feet, but just large enough for about 12 muchie-seeking merrymakers to chow down, he said.

Also like those grease trucks, Dey anticipates late hours for folks looking to soak up some of the booze consumed at one of Morristown's finest watering holes. Fattys will at least be open until 3 a.m., he said, but, "if we have demand for 24/7, we'll consider it," he said.

Looking ahead to his first independent restaurant, Dey said he is very excited about the future of Fattys, where its motto is, "every day is a cheat day."

"I'm very, very optimistic," he said. "I have the team, marketing, chefs and I think we'll do really well."

Josh August 29, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Best of luck, as a Rutgers alum I am looking forward to it.
Aaron M August 29, 2012 at 08:36 PM
very very happy about this!!
hickory dickory dock August 30, 2012 at 12:58 AM
This place isn't called the "Mayor's Fatty"? It seems that the Mayor is naming everything else after himself
Motown Resident August 30, 2012 at 11:59 AM
This is another fine example of the Mayor bringing in business to Morristown. Great job to the Morristown Partnership for filling up the store fronts with vibrant businesses that will add to our growing diverse town. Good luck with the construction, speaking of which, why is work being done at Zebu's with out permits? If Fatty's has to go through the permitting process, doesn't everyone else? Hopefully, Rutgers Alum will support this venture.
Cara DePalma August 30, 2012 at 02:09 PM
It's great to see more space in Morristown being filled by non-bank entities! Good luck on your new venture!
Schmeigle August 30, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Just curious, but what involvement did the Mayor and Partnership have in this?
bsbsbs August 30, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Motown Res- The Zebu building is owned by the Mayor's best friend. Permit or no Permit, he can do whatever he wants. Dougherty is above the law. Can't wait until someone exposes this guy.
Morristown resident April 18, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Where can I see a menu for Fattys online???????

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