A Sioux Falls restaurant and food truck is expanding into another location in southeastern South Dakota.
Fat Kid Fillys, which specializes in Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, will be opening up in the former Salem Brewery at 233 Main St. The new restaurant will be called Fat Kid Saloon.
The space is about four blocks away from owner Cody Sauers and his family.
“It’s the whole reason behind it, to be closer to home,” Sauers said.
Sauers opened Fat Kid Fillys as a food truck in 2020. Since then, he’s expanded to a food cart at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, a concession stand at the Canaries Bird Cage and took over concessions at Huset Speedway.
Sauers plans to continue work with the food truck and other locations around Sioux Falls, but he believes adding a brick and mortar location of its own will “solidify our name and life” in the food and alcohol industry. He plans to have multiple other locations in and around the Sioux Falls area.
“This is a stepping stone into the next big thing,” Sauers added.
The space is loaded with dart boards, pool tables and casino machines. He’s hoping to incorporate an ax-throwing station at some point, too.
Sauers will also be inheriting the bar’s original pizza sauce recipe dating back to the 1960s. He plans to not only serve up his star “fillys” but also pizza along with other menu items and sides. The brewery is loaded with a freezer tap that allows beers to be delivered at below-freezing temperatures, he said.
He’s hoping to host bike nights, poker runs, hog roasts, seafood boils and more at the restaurant. He’d also like to host a free movie night for kids in the area regularly, giving them a space to gather and watch a movie for a few hours on a weekend night.
“This will all be focused on community here,” Sauers said.
Sauers plans to open the space by fall 2021.