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The Scoop: The Fatted Calf to keep its doors open

June 29th 11:06am, 2011

060611_fattedcalfIt’s amazing what people can do. Earlier this month, we reported that The Fatted Calf, the beloved burger spot that has sat at 12 S. Bemiston Ave., in Clayton for more than 40 years, would close at the end of June if business did not pick up significantly. Well, as St. Louis Magazine’s George Mahe reported, St. Louisans heard the restaurant’s cry.

Now, Riverfront Times’ Ian Froeb reports that instead of getting ready to close the doors to the legendary restaurant as the end of the month nears, owners Kathleen and Jason Portman have signed a new three-year lease and are even hiring new staff members. “There’s no question that business has dramatically increased,” Kathleen Portman told The Scoop, noting that they have reached their goal of 100 additional diners a day. The pickup in business, she said, has been mostly during lunch hours both from local businesses and individual diners, with lines out the door every day. “I just want everyone to know we are so grateful and so appreciative of what everyone did.”

But as the couple prepares to turn the page on this very eventful month, the uncertainty of the future is not lost on them. “We’re hoping we can sustain this,” revealed Portman. “It’s a little scary, but hopefully it will be all good.”

By Stacy Schultz

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3 Responses to “The Scoop: The Fatted Calf to keep its doors open”

  1. Jill Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    They need a beer sign out front, tv’s on the walls, a cocktail waitress AND a new bathroom. Then, they would get a lot more business!!!!

  2. linda Says:
    June 30th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Great news!

  3. Mike Cassidy Says:
    July 6th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    agree with jill re bathroom but I worked in clayton and downtown for 25 years and fatted calf has been a one two times a week thing w/me. please folks try to maintain this place! its the LAST ONE. Used to be many. Kathleen and I neeeeed your support! Thanks to those who turn out!

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