Fat Jack's Supersubs opened at 1245 East Colfax Avenue in 2000, but it wasn't until Kyle and Brooke Fabra purchased the sandwich shop in 2012 that more Fat Jack's spots began popping up around town. With six stores now in their stable, the Fabras still have their sights set on growth, with a new location planned for the Auraria campus and a move in store for the Fat Jack's in Highland.
The Auraria location is scheduled to open in August in time for the start of fall classes, and will be an expansion of the existing Fat Jack's concept. The LoHi, Colfax and two-month-old 450 Broadway locations are known for late-night hours, serving sandwiches until 3 a.m. on weekends, but because the newest member of the family will be on a college campus, it will open at 6:30 a.m. In addition to subs, this Fat Jack's will feature a breakfast menu with egg sandwiches built on Rosenberg's bagels with fresh eggs cooked to order. The Fabras have also teamed with Little Man Ice Cream to offer ice cream by the scoop, a first for Fat Jack's, which has previously only sold Little Man by the pint. Kyle expects to eventually expand breakfast service to the other branches.
The Auraria location will continue the Fat Jack's theme of what Kyle calls "millenial-focused and irreverant," with interior art by Denver artist Joshua Finley, live music on the patio and bicycle delivery on campus. "Our urban environment has helped define our brand and who we are," he adds.
Over at 2015 West 32nd Avenue, Fat Jack's has lost its lease because Dickinson Plaza is being torn down to make way for new development. But the Fabras have secured a new space at 3326 Tejon Street (next door to Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe) so they'll be staying in the neighborhood. "I'm just so happy to have found a space just a block away," Kyle says.
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Fat Jack's must be out of its current space by July 11, but Kyle expects to relocate and reopen by the end of June or beginning of July.
Not long after the original Fat Jack's opened sixteen years ago, Kyle Fabra was heading in a different direction; in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he enlisted in the military and became a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment, seeing active duty in Afghanistan. Because of that, the Fabras are dedicated to veterans' issues. "One of the biggest things that we do is that we're involved with a lot of organizations — particularly with veteran's organizations," he notes.
Now, in addition to helping military veterans find work at their sandwich shops, the Fabras will be offering paid and unpaid internships for students on the Auraria campus in the business, marketing or hospitality fields.