Suds & snacks at Fatjar Cannery and Brewhaus in Fruita, Colorado
Special to the Free Press
The Fatjar Cannery and Brewhaus is Fruita’s newest hangout. Located at 152 S. Mesa St., across from the Fruita Police Department, it opened its doors in April.
“Fruita needed another place for some fun,” said bartender Jeannie Valdez. “I enjoy it; I enjoy the people.”
The name “Fatjar” is an abbreviation of the owners’ names: “Fred and Terri” Martinez and “Jerry and Rochelle” Tufly. Both couples are also co-owners of Suds Brothers Brewery in Fruita, which is located nearby at 127 E. Aspen Ave.
“What we’re trying to create here is a ‘working man’s bar’ type of atmosphere,” Fred Martinez said. “A man gets off work and he wants to go relax before he goes home, has a couple beers, plays a game of pool, throws some darts, plays shuffleboard; and he can do that all here.”
Manager Brad Joplin, of Grand Junction, agreed, explaining that Fatjar is “a place where you get off work, you come on in and everybody knows your name.”
“We’ve become really successful at taking care of our locals,” Joplin said.
Unlike Suds Brothers, which offers a full menu, Fatjar serves strictly bar food, including sandwiches, hot dogs, bratwursts and the “Fatjar Special” — a polish sausage split in half on rye bread with dill pickles, Swiss cheese and mustard.
Although Fatjar has a full service liquor bar with domestic beers like Budweiser and Coors, everything on tap is brewed from Suds Brothers. Craft beer might be brewed at the Fatjar location in the future.
Though the hangout is focused on attracting locals, bartender Danielle Geary said the establishment is visitor focused as well.
“I’d love nothing more than to see this place just packed every night [with] people having a good time,” Geary said.
Fatjar offers its patrons a wide variety of games, with five pool tables, a dart board, shuffleboard and corn hole on the patio, when weather permits.
Fatjar is open every day from 11 a.m. until closing around 9-10 p.m. during the week and 2 a.m. on weekends, with Happy Hour available Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m.
For more information, find Fatjar Cannery and Brewhaus on Facebook.
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