Tony Armenti and Kevin Gabauer hope there's a feeding frenzy for Fat Shack, their franchise fast casual restaurant concept, in episode 1022, the season ten finale. Fat Shack sells burgers, cheese steaks, wings, shakes and their signature Fat Sandwiches. The sandwiches are decadent combinations like the “Fat Cow,” which has mac‘n’cheese, bacon, french fries, mozzarella sticks & buffalo ranch dressing. There are fourteen Fat Sandwiches on the menu and, yes, they are fat!
Armenti started the business in 2010 after graduating college to provide late night food options to the town of Ewing, New Jersey. He only had $5000 to start the business, so he partnered with a local bagel shop that only opened for breakfast and lunch. When they shut down for the day, he'd re-open and operate the Fat Shack from 6 PM to 4 AM. He had to store his food in his garage at home and was constantly schlepping food from there to the bagel shop. After a while, that relationship became strained, so he searched for another solution.
In August 2011, Tony packed up his life and moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where he opened his first stand alone restaurant. The place was an instant hit and he found he needed some help. He called his old college buddy Kevin Gabauer and persuaded him to leave his corporate job and move to Colorado. Within six months, the pair opened a second location in Boulder. In In February of 2015, they opened the first Fat Shack franchise in Denver. Now, they have 13 locations in Colorado, Texas and Washington state.
It's clear these two know what they're doing. They likely want a Shark to help them expand their franchising. The question is, do Sharks like fat sandwiches?
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Fat Shack Shark Tank Recap
Tony and Kevin will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. They'll need to convince Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec and Daymond John that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but they’ll need to show them THEY are capable of running the company to “Shark standards." A full pitch re-cap on Fat Shack will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.
Fat Shack Shark Tank Update
The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on Fat Shack & Tony Armenti and Kevin Gabauer as more details become available.