WILLIAMSBURG-The family behind the popular fine dining establishment Fat Canary in Merchants Square have opened an offshoot of their restaurant.
Fat Canary co-owners and siblings Mary Ellen Power Rogers, Cathy Power Pattisall, and Thomas Power Jr. opened Downstairs at Fat Canary beneath the establishment in November in The Wine Cellar shop.
Downstairs at Fat Canary specializes in small plates that are less expensive than the main restaurant. The newer restaurant is geared toward patrons “who have less of a time and financial commitment to fine dining,” Mary Ellen Power Rogers said. “Now, we can offer both options.”
The menu includes seafood and Asian-inspired dishes like shrimp dumplings and tuna tempura as well as burgers, tacos, and other small bites. The setting is small and intimate with a large bar area.
Seating at Downstairs at Fat Canary, which is only open for dinner, is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. Despite the pandemic, patrons have flocked to the new establishment.
“There are people lined up at the door starting at 4:30 pm,” Power Rogers said. “It’s wonderful.”
Thomas Power Jr. is executive chef of Fat Canary, which first opened in 2003. Fat Canary is a multiple winner of AAA’s Four Diamond Award.