A talented trio of seasoned hospitality and production veterans are setting the stage for an entirely new way for Houstonians to kick up their heels – and using the Bayou City to debut and refine a “drinkertainment” concept being primed for national expansion. The Fat Boot’s Trailer Park Bar flagship will set up – and begin dishing out – camp and cocktails along the booming Washington Avenue Corridor beginning Wednesday, May 5 with an experiential environment that is part bar, part show and part Instagram playground.
“We love the carefree attitude and diversity of Houston, buoying the reasons for launching the Fat Boot’s brand here. And how could we not jump on an Inner Loop site halfway between The Beer Can House and Art Car Museum – two landmarks that epitomize the creative, fun-loving vibe of the city.” says partner, Robert Frey, the founding partner of the Las Vegas-based PURE Nightclub plus the Pussy Cat Dolls Lounge at Caesars Palace and Social House at Treasure Island.
Partner Jennifer Worthington, a multi-faceted entrepreneur who was the youngest senior vice president at Jerry Bruckheimer Films in Los Angeles before entering the hospitality space in New York and Las Vegas with acclaimed haunts like Coyote Ugly at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino adds, “Fat Boot’s speaks to the evolution of bars as immersive spaces where staff become entertainers and cogs for social interaction, and guests become part of theater.”
Fat Boot’s team members will not only perform, but also encourage patrons to get into the act with call outs, dancing on the stage/bar to a set list of 80s/90s/2000s favorites and anthems, drinking games and more. Helping to lubricate the crowd, the beverage menu will include an array of signature cocktails, some festooned and served in Spam and SpaghettiOs cans, along with a deep dive of beers and cornucopia of Jell-O shots. The bar will also be stocked with a selection of trailer park classics ranging from Twinkies to Cheez Whiz and crackers.
Houston-based Ned Collett is the final cog in the ownership trifecta and brings decades of live entertainment successes to his role. He has produced high profile events like the Spring Awakening Music Festival and The Rolling Stones at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The team engaged the talents of Houston artist Caitlin Caselli plus set veteran Abigail Kehr, who regularly works with the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, and Houston Symphony, to bring the vintage trailer park vision to life with interactive vignettes, games and selfie scenes. Kehr has curated a series of interior “yards” for groups, festooned with classic signage and thematic props. And out back on the Astroturf patio, a rainbow of Adirondack circle kiddie pools equipped with toy fishing gear – perfect for killin’ a little time while waiting for friends to arrive.
Located at 4218 Washington Avenue Fat Boot’s Trailer Park Bar encompasses 2,000 square feet of indoor space along with 800 square feet of patio.
Initial hours are 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Buyouts will be available seven nights a week, and group seating arrangements can be made upon request. Self-parking is available in dedicated, adjacent lots.
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