The closure march of 2017 continues with the shutter of celebrity chef Cat Cora’s short-lived Southern restaurant Fatbird. A fast seven months since its opening, the panned Meatpacking District spot is no more, with its furniture stacked up inside and menus removed from the glass cases next to the front door.
The restaurant opened in June with a menu of hot chicken, baby back ribs, and Jello shots with cheesy names like “Not Yer’ Mama’s Jello Shot.” A first look visit from Eater critic Robert Sietsema found not much to be desired, with servers bringing incorrect orders, a mint julep made with salt instead of sugar, rubbery deviled eggs, and more.
Then, in October, Cora sued her partner Charissa Davidovici for a $400,000 fee she says she was never paid for use of her name, likeness, and recipes. Eater has reached out to Cora’s attorney for a status update on the case.
Fatbird is the second standalone restaurant for the TV star, whose name is plastered on restaurants in airports and casinos across the country. Late last year, she opened a burger restaurant in Santa Barbara, California. Eater has reached out to Cora for comment.