How it all began…
As with most great success stories, the beginning is always fabled—and such is the case with Fat Belly’s! Locked away in a castle in coastal Sweden, Fat Belly Pub’s owner and founder, Scott Parker, began dreaming up the legacy that would later become the Fat Belly’s you know and love today. With just a sketchpad and pen at his disposal, Scott whipped up the starting concepts for the iconic brand: quality food at an affordable price, with an atmosphere you could feel at home drinking a beer at. The name, however, eluded him, and so it remained a dream. For now.
The experience Scott gained in Sweden translated to success when he landed in the states in 1994. From there he helped open beautiful spots in Providence, such as Café Nuovo, and revived historic landmarks in Newport, such as the Cannfield House, which he turned into a multi award-winning fine dining experience. Scott was soon invited to Johnson & Wales University for an interview and became a culinary professor in 1999.
Scott always circled back to the idea of his pub, and started getting serious about naming it. What’s in a name, anyways? Well, a lot of time and laughter apparently. The story is long, but a riot, and is one you’ll have to stop in to hear Scott tell. Once Fat Belly’s became the name, however, everything else fell into place. In 2006, the doors of Fat Belly’s opened on Old Forge Road in Warwick, Rhode Island.
One decade later, Fat Belly’s has become a Rhode Island staple, with restaurants in Providence, Coventry, Warwick, North Kingstown, and East Greenwich. Each location boasts its’ own unique atmosphere, one that reflects its’ local complexion.
Thank you to our loyal customers, and all who consider Fat Belly’s to be a part of their town. Whether you enjoy our live music on the weekends, trivia night with friends, or dinner with the family, Fat Belly’s has something to fit your lifestyle!