Mar 28, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterBob and Patty Fullmer expected their new restaurant to be popular in Riverton, but they didn't anticipate the number of customers they have seen since opening March 1.
"I didn't know it'd be as phenomenal as it is," Patty said this week. "It's been pretty crazy."
Luckily, she said, people have been pretty patient about waiting for a seat at Fullmer's Fat Boy Diner, which operates out of a small house at 712 E. Fremont Ave. Patty said she loves the location despite its size.
"This little place is homey," she said. "All the cooks and the servers and everyone say we need a bigger building, but I say no we don't. This building is perfect."
The Fullmers looked all over Wyoming for a restaurant property before they settled on their current location in the town where they both were raised.
"We both went to school here and decided we wanted to come back home," Patty said. "We just moved back a week before we opened."
They already had visited the town several times, however, getting the restaurant prepared and developing a menu that would set Fat Boy apart from other local businesses. Patty said the key to their success so far has been fresh, homemade food.
"That's what they're loving about this place," Patty said of her repeat customers. "I believe a lot of the food we eat has too many preservatives in it, and I think it causes a lot of health issues. So we just don't use anything that's been preserved."
She also made sure to include interesting dishes in her list of offerings. For example, Patty makes a Cornish game hen and chicken cordon bleu for dinner, and she said lobster tails are available every evening.
"You don't go into a restaurant like this and see that kind of dinner item," she said. "And it's quality, nice food. Some guy stood up and gave us a standing ovation for our Cornish game hen."
For breakfast, she said her giant homemade cinnamon roll is a big seller, and customers have raved about her hamburgers and rib eye steaks. Other noteworthy items include the chicken-fried bacon and Shayla's "The Pig Wollered in the Bacon" meal, which is a large kielbasa sausage rolled in bacon and deep fried, then smothered in sauerkraut, cheese, jalapenos and coleslaw.
"I wrote the menu myself," Patty said. "We have stuff that people have never heard of."
The Fullmers said the "Shayla dog" and many of their other unique dishes are named after their grandchildren. Another is Allanah's "Show Me the Turkey" sandwich, which comes complete with a sauce invented by the granddaughter. Grandson Evan claims the Fat Boy "Volcano of Chiliburger" that comes as a half pound, open-faced burger smothered in homemade chili, cheese and fresh diced onions.
Patty offers an oversized breakfast omelet of 12 eggs and a full pound of bacon, sausage and ham, and there is the "Boatload of Biscuits and Gravy," but she also has a healthy choice menu that includes oatmeal, wheat toast, egg whites, fresh fruit and yogurt and various salads for lunch.
The restaurant is open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. then 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. Takeout orders are accepted, and customers will be charged $2 extra for deliveries. For more information, call 856-1333.
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