First impression: Fat Tony’s Grill & Sports Bar

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I’ve been meaning for weeks to check out Fat Tony’s Grill & Sports Bar, the new restaurant that opened about a month ago at 417 E. Douglas, just a few blocks from the Eagle.

I was a little skeptical, mainly because lots and lots of restaurants have opened in the old Marple Theatre on Douglas. And all of them have closed pretty quickly.

A blurry interior shot, but you get the picture.

But after today’s visit, I think this one might have a chance.

Fat Tony’s is set up as a sports bar, and a super giant projection screen where the theater’s movie screen once hung shows sports. This afternoon, the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament drew a healthy crowd.

The menu consists of standard bar fare — burgers, sandwiches, wings, deep fried goodness such as fried pickles, fried mushrooms, jalapeno poppers, onion rings, etc.

And there’s also a pretty large pizza menu. We tried the Philly Cheese steak pizza, which was deadly delicious thanks to the healthy layer of Cheez Whiz lurking under the surface. It also was topped with shredded beef, green peppers, onions and mozzerella. A medium (the smallest size) was more than enough for my dining companion and myself, and it cost only $12.99.

Fat Tony’s is open from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 316-303-9316.