Fat Fingers began operating last week with a soft opening at 8213 Georgia Ave. in anticipation of its grand opening, tentatively scheduled for August 19.

The name comes from a longtime friend and business associate of Fat Fingers partner Jimmy Marmaras, who once told him he had the fattest fingers and added, “Your name is Fat Fingers.”

“I looked at him and I go, ‘You know what? That’s going to be a good name one day’ to open up a nice café/restaurant,” Marmaras said.

Marmaras’ cousins own The Big Greek Café nearby, and they had been talking for several years about opening a business together.

“I brought up the idea, the concept of Fat Fingers, and they loved it,” said Marmaras, who handles the marketing and advertising for the restaurant.

“Something that is traditional, old school, the old-fashioned type, the comfort-food type,” he continued. “Not a lot of places are catering to that nowadays. I think there’s still a place for that around here and still think that’s going to come back.”

The menu features several types of cheesesteaks, burgers and other sandwiches, pizzas, half smokes and hot dogs, three salads, fish sandwiches, a crab cake, and side dishes such as mac and cheese. Appetizers include finger foods like wings (traditional and boneless), mozzarella sticks, onion straws, chicken tenders and a chicken and cheese dip with house-made potato chips.

Through his cousins, Marmaras met his current partner, Tom Strawser, who is now director of operations for both Fat Fingers and The Big Greek Café.

For the opening, about 15 people are employed there, but that number may come down, said Strawser, who handles HR among other duties.

“Right now, we’re still figuring out who’s doing what,” he said.

One of Strawser’s other duties is determining menu item costs and setting the prices.

“We did the easy work,” Marmaras joked. “We just told him what we liked to eat. He took that, and he did all the hard work.”

Fat Fingers will be available through the Uber Eats, GrubHub and Door Dash delivery services, and offers a 20 percent discount to all active military members, veterans and first responders.

The store is open daily from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

“This is our first of hopefully many more to come,” Marmaras said.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Fat Fingers Begins Operating, Plans Aug. 19 Grand Opening