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Fatty's Public House to reopen as Open Air Kitchen and Bar with revamped space, menu

Fatty's Public House, the West Hollywood bar and restaurant devoted to Fatty Arbuckle, is undergoing a massive revamp to become Open Air Kitchen and Bar. The Broseph Restaurant Group, also behind Brick + Mortar in Santa Monica and the now-closed Smoke steakhouse, opened Fatty's only last summer, but is ready to mix things up with the new space.

And don't be confused by the large red and black Brick + Mortar sign that sits in front of the restaurant. That's just a temporary way to tell people changes are being made, and Fatty's is on its way out.

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"Fatty's Public House was more of a historical thing," said BRG co-owner Travis Lester. "It didn't really translate as well as we wanted it to," cut in his partner Justin Safier.

The two say they are trying to focus more on the food, prepared by executive chef Laurent Saussy. He's created a couple new items to boost the existing menu of chicken and waffles, steak frites, chicken and pork pot pie and other classic favorites.

New dishes include a prosciutto, fig and arugula salad with buratta and balsamic and red wine marinated figs, a kale and spinach pizza with Parmesan cream sauce and red onions, a coconut lime risotto with shrimp and dashi broth and an apple pie with ice cream.

To rework the interior, the brick walls were painted a slate gray, Edison lights were added, refurbished wood was put in in place of the once velvet walls, and the bar was stripped down to dark wood and black tile.

The new name celebrates the restaurant's retractable roof. The mural, a signature touch BRG adds to all its restaurants, will remain, but the "Fatty's" name will be removed.

The restaurant has remained open during renovations. The new additions to the menu will launch Tuesday, and the complete makeover of the space, with a new Open Air Kitchen + Bar sign, will be ready next month.

829 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 854-0756, www.fattysla.com/

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