The History of
A few years back, Bo
and Arden Fowler were in North Carolina visiting Bo's parents. While exploring
the great BBQ joints of the South, they noticed a strange phenomena: all
the good BBQ joints were in an ugly old strip mall. While enjoying a full
belly, Bo realized and declared to Arden, "We own an ugly old strip
mall! We could have a BBQ shack." Arden, still licking his fingers,
started making some calls to make it happen. One and a half months later,
Fat Willy's Rib Shack was born.
The picture to the left
is the first Fat Willy's Rib Shack, started in February of 2002. Fat Willy's
originally had 8 booths with counter service only. After word got out, and
the place was consistently packed, Bo & Arden realized they needed to
offer some more seats. The expansion occurred in 2003 and the new seating
area opened that December.
that was a kick-ass sandwich!"
--a happy customer after eating
a pulled pork sandwich.