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Our Story 1952-2015 Fat Boy Burgers was established in 1952. It is a classic burger joint and has been a neighborhood staple for many years. Fat Boy offers a comprehensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Besides our fantastic cup of coffee, customers can enjoy made to order breakfast which includes our homemade sausage. We use only the freshest items. From our homemade soups and chili to ground beef which is gound on site, nothing but the best will do for our customers. Finish off your meal with a hand dipped shake or malted. MLIVE: Thursday, February 19, 2009: GRAND RAPIDS -- The Fat Boy is back! The Cheshire Neighborhood institution for decades has reopened under new owners Matt and Jill Urbane after closing last July. The restaurant, 2450 Plainfield Ave. NE, has undergone a thorough cleaning and makeover. The Urbane's goal is to restore some of the luster that drew Grand Rapidians to the classic burger and breakfast joint which abruptly closed last year. "We started with power washers and really cleaning things out," said Matt Urbane, who previously ran the now-closed North Park Cafe. "We kind of tried to bring it back to the old Fat Boy of 20 or 30 years ago." Burgers now start with a lump of freshly ground beef smashed into a patty on the griddle. Sausage at breakfast is made in-house with Matt's special recipe. The prices are family friendly. A Fat Boy burger (topped with green olives, cheddar, mayo, lettuce and tomato) runs $4.99 with fries and a pickle. Urbane also brought over the popular Blue Burger (cheddar, shaved ham, blue cheese dressing, lettuce tomato and onion) from North Park Cafe. "We want to offer good, fresh food with fresh ingredients. Everything is made to order in a clean atmosphere," Matt Urbane said. One change from the old days: Fat Boy is now a non-smoking restaurant. The owners hope that will help draw in families from the neighborhood while not disappointing too many of the old regulars. They also repainted the interior and installed new booths and more comfortable furniture. Al "Patches" Zylstra, who was polishing off some eggs over easy, sausage and toast at the new lunch counter Thursday morning, said he was glad to see the diner he worked at in 1957 getting back into form. "It's only my second time in here but I really like it," Zylstra said. "It's nice and clean. Before it closed it got so I wouldn't come back in here. A lot of us Northenders wanted this back in here." Exterior improvements are planned when the weather warms. One thing that won't change -- the iconic metal and neon sign with the chubby cartoon "Fat Boy." The reaction was almost immediate when the red neon was turned back on for the first time in months. "That Fat Boy sign had been dark for so long, but we put it back together and turned it on Saturday just to test it and people started coming in," he said. "We weren't even open yet."

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