Fat & Sassy to close after 25 yearsJune 21, 2018
By KATHLEEN MESSMER
Herald News Intern
HUNTINGBURG — After 25 years in business, Huntingburg favorite Fat & Sassy is closing its doors.
With very mixed emotions, Jean and Chuck Walk announced on Facebook Wednesday night that the restaurant’s last day will be July 14. Having reached retirement age and presented with an opportunity to sell the building, the couple felt it was time to go ahead and close the restaurant. They also closed the store next door to Fat & Sassy, The Stocked Pot, last week. The kitchen merchandise store could no longer compete with the proliferation of online shopping and big box stores.
“We were closing the one down in preparation because of my age, and we knew we would soon be needing to close the whole thing down,” Chuck said. “We didn’t think the opportunity would come as quickly as it did, but it did, and we couldn’t turn it down.”
Fat & Sassy has offered its customers a variety of salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts.
Chuck said the restaurant’s relationship with its customers has been fantastic.
“We’ve always provided good service to our customers and I think they’ve appreciated it by all the response they’ve given us,” Chuck said of reaction after announcing the closure.
Comparing his customers to family, he is saddened to say goodbye. “But as you get older you have to make life changes,” he added.
Some of Chuck’s favorite memories of the restaurant are all of the years serving customers during the Christmas strolls downtown.
“It was really busy and festive,” he said. “That was always a fun time. Busy and stressful, but it was also fun.”
With the comfortable, hometown atmosphere of Huntingburg, the couple will miss the people that come in and enjoy what Fat & Sassy has to offer. The two are also grateful for their hard-working employees over the years, one of which has been with them since they opened 25 years ago.
“Our employees have been excellent and we appreciate all that they have done,” Chuck said.
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