The Fat Shack® was created in February of 2010 by Tom Armenti. After graduating with a degree in Marketing from The College of New Jersey, Tom set out to bring his College and surrounding town a desperately needed solution to their lack of late-night food options. With only $5,000 on hand to start his business, Tom creatively partnered with RJ’s Bagels, a local bagel shop which opened daily for breakfast and closed after lunch. Once RJ’s left for the day, Tom would re-open the store and operate his new concept from 6PM to 4AM.
The Fat Shack was born! Sharing the small bagel store was difficult however, and Tom was forced to have his weekly supplies delivered to the garage of his college house. Each night he would head out to the freezers in the garage and load his car full of bread, french fries, chicken fingers and everything else needed to get through a night’s worth of business.