Inside Fat Rosie’s New Naperville location


In Naperville, where city officials have craved to create a restaurant row of their own, Fat Rosie’s is growing up. The Mexican restaurant opened four years ago, the fourth location — Frankfort opened in 2015, and Lincolnshire and Schaumburg followed. The Naperville location opened four years ago. On Thursday, staff moved across the street to a larger location with a new menu helmed by venerable Mexican chef Dudley Nieto.

A chef holding a pan with flames.

Chef Dudley Nieto has warming things up in the suburbs.

A vaquero holding a plane with drinks and sparklers.

Fat Rosie’s will still find a way to appeal to suburban diners.

Nieto, who curated Pilsen Gourmet (which takes place Friday), joined the operation about a year ago in anticipation of the move. Scott Harris — the same Scott Harris behind Mia Francesca and who was also involved in the Purple Pig — founded Fat Rosie’s, catering to a suburban crowd mostly interested in boozy and sugary margaritas and chips and salsa. To be fair, it sure sounds a bit like Andersonville.

The space is three times as large as the restaurant across the street.

But, now seven years later, many Americans, even those who live outside urban areas — sorry Chris Chelios — are demanding more. Nieto developed a new menu with an Ensenada bar, channeling the Mexican coastal city. The bar will serve consome de camarón, cachetona de pulpo y camarón, oysters, ceviche, and more. Nieto says the seafood experience will be unlike any other in the area.

The restaurant, now open, is named after a donkey Harris allegedly saw at an agave farm in Mexico. Take a tour through the space below.

Fat Rosie’s, 22 E. Chicago Avenue, Suite 111 in Naperville, hours not posted.

A smiling sun.

The restaurant is allegedly named after a donkey the founder saw at a Mexican agave farm.
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Cachetona de pulpo y camarón

There will be a daily ceviche special.

Arroz la tumbada and the Cantarito

Jalapeño Cucumber Margarita

Jamaica Margarita

Purple Basil Margarita

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