Fairfax gastropub mainstay The Fat Dog is shuttering for a week or so, just enough time to earn some long-overdue upgrades.
For starters, the seven-year-old space is getting a bit of a remodel, starting with the front door. Owners Susann and Richard Mandeville area actually moving the entrance further back to make more room for the bar area up front, something that has long been talked about. That should make it possible for larger groups to congregate, and for chef/co-owner John Gladish to add more tap handles and bar snack food to that side of his menu. Returning diners will also find new flooring and touched up tables and booths.
On the food side, most things will stay the same at The Fat Dog (including their popular brunch) but with a couple of tweaks. Expect an expansion of their small bites happy hour menu and new hours for brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday), but the same basic pub fare that can also be found at the restaurant’s sister site up in North Hollywood. Expect a closure starting on Monday and lasting about a week or so.