Carrollton diners ride to Fatboy’s

Published 10:29 pm Thursday, December 21, 2017

A new spot for lunch and dinner in Carrollton is offering a casual dining experience unique to its vicinity.

Smithfield residents Christina and David Lonberger opened Fatboy’s Grill & Steamshack on Dec. 6 in Carrollton Cove Shoppes, near the Carrollton Fire Station on Carrollton Boulevard.  The couple named their establishment after a shared love for motorcycles.

Christina Lonberger said she was motivated to open her first restaurant after 17 years of industry experience in Hampton Roads.

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“It just made sense for me to do it for myself now,” Lonberger said.

The 3,600-square-foot space caters to casual, sit-down diners, plus a full bar for those that want to drink and snack as they watch games on television and spend time with friends.

The menu features the usual suspects of crowd-pleasing appetizers and entrees, from steak dinners and chicken wings to a variety of tasty sandwiches.

“The steak sandwich is awesome,” Poquoson resident Kim Schroeder said as he took a bite with a side of fries.

Seafood lovers can enjoy crab legs, shrimp, oysters and clams steamed in the kitchen, along with twists on classic seafood recipes. The oysters Rockefeller, for example, can be served with Smithfield ham and collard greens, Lonberger said.

“There’s really nowhere around here where you can get steamed seafood,” Lonberger said.

The couple plans to coordinate with other nearby restaurants for poker runs and other fundraisers for charitable causes. These efforts will keep growing as word spreads and more local residents and commuters join other diners that will soon become regulars.

“We just want people to get their bellies full for a decent price in a fun, casual environment,” Lonberger said.

Fatboy’s Grill & Steamshack is located at 15042 Carrollton Blvd. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to midnight on Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Kitchen and wait staff are still being hired. Call 745-8200 or visit for more information.