Michael Tassis’ Fatcow is on its way to fresh pasture. Eighteen months after the restaurant shut the doors on its first home at Eagle Street Pier (where it occupied the hallowed grounds previously home to protein powerhouse Cha Cha Char), Fatcow is set to be resurrected in spectacular fashion when it relaunches on James Street in 2024. The Tassis Group will open the doors to Fatcow’s new digs at 10 James Street, a space likely familiar to many as the former David Jones site, just near James St Market.
Now operating as Fatcow on James St, the restaurant will be helmed by a leadership team of Michael Tassis and Caio Rossetto. The duo is once again linking up with regular collaborators Clui Design to conceive a slick aesthetic to match Fatcow’s elevated fare, while Allo Creative has been engaged for a rebranding effort. Much like its initial inner-city run, which spanned from December 2020 to Eagle Street Pier’s closure in July 2022 ahead of its $2.1-billion redevelopment, Fatcow on James St will no doubt look to showcase the best of land and sea on a plate.
While exact menu details are yet to be revealed, Michael Tassis himself is promising exciting new elements. “We are seizing the opportunity to completely reinvent the venue, which we’re referring to as Fatcow’s ‘glow up’,” says Michael in a press statement. “Nearly 18 months after closing, we are still fielding emails and calls daily asking if, when, and where the restaurant will reopen. We are so thrilled to now be able to give them an answer – Fatcow is coming back!”
Fatcow on James St’s relaunch is the latest in a string of high-profile moves for the Tassis Group, which opened Fosh at Portside Wharf and Rich & Rare at West Village this year, as well as announcing the forthcoming opening of Pan Asian-inspired bar and restaurant Longwang in February next year and Kangaroo Point Green Bridge venues Bombora and Mulga Bill’s for a tentative 2024 date.