Dining With Denise Neil

Downtown sports bar is out of business

One of  Wichita’s best big screens for watching sporting events has gone dark.

It appears that Fat Tony’s, the sports bar that opened at 417 E. Douglas in spring of 2011  featuring a 26-foot-tall screen, is no longer in business. The restaurant’s Facebook page indicates it has closed as does a sign posted on the door, the giant dumpster sitting out front and the disconnected phone number.

Fat Tony’s, owned by Bryan Shapiro (who also had nightclub Doc Howard's in Old Town), will be remembered for many things, not the least of which was its crazy food challenges. I’ll never forget watching local foodie Frank White come nearly die trying to complete the restaurant’s lethal hot wings challenge.

I’ll let you know if I hear anything from the owner.