After a long session on a bar stool, people have been know to see double. Of course, when there are twin sisters behind the bar, you can't really help it.
At Fat Daddy's, a Parkville restaurant and bar with a casual neighborhood feeling, the twins are co-owners Vicki Adkins and Joanne Pokorny. According to Ms. Adkins, the pair tried coming up with a name that played off their sibling status, such as "Twisted Sister."
Then they decided to name the place after their father. "He's an old football player and he's heavy," she says.
But, um, does he mind if everybody walking through the door knows it?
"Actually, he thought it was funny."
pTC If good humor and family connections come through in a conversation with Ms. Adkins, it's a fair indicator of the place she and her sister run. Located in a shopping center on Putty Hill Avenue, Fat Daddy's -- which draws many a Parkville area softball team among its patrons, who are mostly in their 20s and 30s -- isn't as large or glitzy as some of the clubs on nearby Joppa Road.
Actually, there isn't much decor to speak of. It's one of those layouts that provides the basics: a long enough bar, some tables to the side and a waist-high room divider separating the bar from the dance floor.
Ms. Adkins says that's just fine by her. In fact, she says, "We did the whole place over, making for a friendlier atmosphere so that anybody can walk in and feel comfortable."
Aside from people here for a seafood and sandwich menu at lunch and dinner, many come in at night lured by a DJ who is on duty Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. When the restaurant tables are pushed aside, there's more than enough floor space for your feet to get the job done.
Other lures at Fat Daddy's include $1 beer night Sunday, $5.95 for a pound of shrimp on Monday, an all night happy hour on Tuesday, 25-cent draft beer night on Thursday, and a happy hour buffet on Friday. There will be live entertainment on Wednesday nights in the winter months. And on Sunday and Monday, it's "Football Frenzy," with televised games accompanied by a free buffet.
Where: 2531 Putty Hill Avenue, Parkville.
Hours: 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. daily.
Menu: Seafood and sandwiches.
Credit cards: V, MC.