UCF Students Taste the Delicious Flavor of Fat Shack Burgers at the Collegiate


At UCF’s new Collegiate housing students enjoy a wide array of dining and activities but none perhaps more savory than the development’s latest newcomer: Fat Shack.

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 the business, Tom creatively partnered with a local bagel shop which opened daily for breakfast and closed after lunch. Once the bagel shop’s staff left for the day, Tom would re-open the store and operate his new late night restaurant from 6PM to 4AM.

he business steadily grew over the next year, but the strain of sharing the space became more and more difficult. It was time to build out the first full Fat Shack store. After visiting family in Northern Colorado, Tom knew that a town like Fort Collins was the perfect place to set up shop.  He returned to Jersey, packed his car, moved halfway across the country and opened the doors to Fat Shack Fort Collins in August 2011. Even though the first Colorado Fat Shack opened in a city with the most fast-casual restaurants per person and a population that had never heard of the Fat Sandwich, it became an immediate hit!

In its first year, the volume of business in Fort Collins more than doubled what Tom had been able to produce in the bagel shop back in Jersey.  Recognizing the opportunity to expand into cities throughout Colorado and beyond, Tom knew he couldn’t do it alone. The answer was back in Jersey with college classmate and close friend, Kevin Gabauer. Leaving the salary and benefits from a career in corporate America behind, Kevin packed up and made his way to Colorado.

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Today, you can taste the delectable flavors of Fat Shack right around the corner by visiting the Collegiate at UCF. 

The new develoopment not only caters to students but also those working in nearby offices and restaurants, attracting a solid mix of tenants. The property is set to include a spacious parking area to meet the needs of residents and businesses. The project will be divided into several phases, featuring restaurants, a grocer, outdoor recreational areas and a stage.

Demetree Global recently released design photos of the new complex and is currently accepting tenant applications. For more information on leasing visit this link or contact Demetree broker Rusty Stoeckel at 407-759-3399.


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