Fatty Crab and its sister restaurant, Fatty ‘Cue, are two of the most popular restaurants in New York. The parent company, Fatty Crew, runs four restaurants in the city, one in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and another in Hong Kong, and it was announced this week that the company has teamed with superstar restaurateur Stephen Starr to open additional Fatty Crab locations in eight U.S. cities as well as London, Crain’s reported.
Starr is best known for being the man behind New York’s Buddakan and Morimoto, and this funky and unique Southeast Asian dining concept resonated with him, he told the site. "Very simply, I love their operation and I love their name," Starr told them. "We want to be a part of their growth, and I think with our name and their culinary credentials, we can do really well."
The first city they plan on opening in is Washington, D.C., within three to six months, with Philadelphia and six other American cities, as well as London, in the works following that. They’re planning on moving into preexisting restaurant spaces in order to cut down on the build-out costs, which they’re estimating at somewhere between $600,000 and $2 million per restaurant.