Subsequent week, what may very well be essentially the most asinine, overtly offensive bar in Houston will open its doorways. Known as Fats Boots Trailer Park Bar, the institution clearly revels in poking enjoyable at stereotypes about individuals who stay in trailer properties.
The bar is set to make its debut at 4218 Washington Ave. on Wednesday, May 5, inside the space that formerly housed the Pink Elephant Room. Per CultureMap, the bar will provide a “trailer park stylish” vibe, a phrase that’s by some means each classist and meaningless. Anticipate cocktails served in Spaghetti-O’s cans with names like “Porch Possum” and “Panther Piss,” alongside snacks like Twinkies, each of that are apparently supposed to indicate one thing in regards to the trappings of “trailer park” life.
Maybe most egregiously, one of many bar’s cocktails is named the “First of the Month,” a date immortalized within the equally titled 1998 Bone Thugz N Concord track, as a result of it has traditionally been when individuals who obtain monetary help would get their month-to-month checks. Contemplating that the bar is a challenge of high-end membership house owners, it’s unlikely that this menu will provide many budget-friendly choices for people who find themselves nonetheless making an attempt to make ends meet whereas reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The self-described “experiential hospitality venue” sprung from the “trash-filled minds” of Las Vegas nightclub house owners Robert Frey and Jennifer Worthington, and occasion producer Ned Collett. Fats Boots’s web site boasts that it’s a vacation spot for the “Tik-Tok and selfies era,” a veritable paradise for people who find themselves way more fascinated with a bar’s ‘grammability than its cocktail menu.
Not everyone seems to be thrilled in regards to the arrival of Fats Boots. Over on the Houston Chronicle, author Abigail Rosenthal criticized the establishment’s flippant view of trailer parks, which have often been used because the punchline in jokes about folks residing in poverty. “All the things about it feels patronizing.” Rosenthal writes. “Folks’s lives and struggles aren’t for gawking at and turning into a possibility for a colourful Instagram picture.”
After which, after all, there may be the informal sexism. The bar’s staff, known as “Fats Boots Flamingos,” are depicted in Fats Boots’s advertising and marketing supplies dancing on the bar in skimpy outfits that seem like one thing out of the wardrobe of Daisy Duke or Ellie Mae Clampett. The web site primarily encourages its patrons to objectify the employees — apparently, the Flamingos put the “lust in wanderlust” — which isn’t an incredible thought contemplating that restaurant industry workers have continued to report increased sexual harassment throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nonetheless cheesy and ill-advised Fats Boots’s schtick could also be, the bar has already made plans to open a number of areas following its Houston debut. In keeping with its web site, a New Orleans outpost is predicted to open this fall, and a Nashville bar can also be within the works.
Correction: A earlier model of this story indicated that Fats Boots was positioned within the Heights. It’s on Washington Avenue.