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Bill O’Brien has cooked for presidents and Indianapolis Colts players in his 33 years as a chef.
But on Monday, he’ll become the owner of his first restaurant.
The executive chef at Elkhart General Hospital is entering an agreement to purchase Fat Tomato from Cam Snyder.
“I think he is a great guy and I am excited for the future of Fat Tomato,” said Snyder, who opened the restaurant March 2011 in Cobblestone Crossing on the northeast side of Elkhart.
O’Brien has been executive chef at EGH since 1997, but he started cooking when he was a teen and has worked a number of places since, including being an on-call chef for the White House for eight years and cooking for the Colts training camp for five.
And how he’s planning to improve the food and service at Fat Tomato. “It makes for a great neighborhood restaurant. It just needs some TLC,” he said.
He’s planning to:
• Rehire the staff
• Focus on service and food, but keep the name and concept. “It’s going to be a transition,” he said.
• Add a champagne brunch on Sundays
• Reopen Saturday lunches
• Stay at Elkhart General
He said many of the changes, including new sauces and other new ideas, will take about 90 days or so to implement.
O’Brien will likely do well in the new role and I’m excited to see what comes at Fat Tomato.