Fat Shack, a restaurant specializing in burgers and “fat sandwiches,” is opening Tuesday in Aggieville.
The restaurant will operate at 1131 Moro St., which is the former Pita Pit location.
In addition to “fat sandwiches” and burgers, Fat Shack serves shakes, deep-fried desserts, macaroni and cheese bites and fried pickles, among other items.
New brewing company
A new brewing company is moving into downtown Manhattan soon.
Manhattan Brewing Company is opening this summer underneath the Strecker Nelson West Gallery, at 406 Poyntz Ave., according to the company’s Instagram page.
Some beers the company plans to offer are English Brown, Peachy Wheat, Cucacabra and Red IPA, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page.
Pottawatomie County connection fees
The Manhattan City Commission on Tuesday briefly debated waiving $11,000 in water connection fees for Blue Township in Pottawatomie County.
The commission ultimately passed the measure 3-2, with commissioners Wynn Butler and Aaron Estabrook voting against it.
“We need to stop giving away money from the water fund,” Butler said.
Mayor Usha Reddi and commissioner Linda Morse emphasized that they want to maintain a positive working relationship between the city and Pottawatomie County.
“I’m going to support it because I want that relationship with Pottawatomie County to grow and improve,” Morse said.
Reddi suggested exploring the creation of a policy pertaining to regulating these fees.
2019 Manhattan Fire Department statistics
The Manhattan Fire Department responded to 2,600-plus calls in 2019 with no lives lost. The department also had an average response time under five minutes.
Of those calls, 2,620 were within city limits and 48 were outside of the city, officials said.
The commission reviewed these statistics at Tuesday’s city commission meeting. Reddi said she was pleased with that fact that no lives were lost last year.
The Manhattan City Commission approved the following board appointments during Tuesday’s meeting:
- Nancy Baker, 3052 Conrow Drive, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Paul Benne on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory committee. Baker’s term begins now and ends Oct. 31, 2021.
- Chris Spooner, 3345 Effingham St., to a three-year at-large term on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory committee. Spooner’s term begins immediately and expires Oct. 31, 2022.
- Commissioner Aaron Estabrook, 300 North 4th Street, Apt. No. 307, was appointed to fill the Manhattan city commissioner permanent position on the Flint Hills Metropolitan Organization policy board.
- Commissioner Linda Morse, 2118 Spain Drive, was appointed to fill the alternate position on the Flint Hills Metropolitan Organization policy board.
- Estabrook was also appointed to fill the Manhattan city commissioner permanent position on the Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency board.
- Morse was also appointed to fill the alternate position on the Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency board.
- Commissioner Mark Hatesohl, 1206 Stacy Lane, was appointed to fill the unexpired city commissioner term of former mayor Michael Dodson — plus a one-year term — on the Municipal Audit committee. Hatesohl’s term begins now and expires March 31, 2021.
The Manhattan City Commission earlier this week recognized Super Bowl Sunday — which is Feb. 2 — as Souper Bowl Sunday in an effort to gather and distribute food to people in need.
“So this is very important, and people are very much in need of food,” Reddi said.
Grocery stores across Manhattan are accepting canned food donations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 1.