Our Story

Mirabelle Enterprises Limited was founded back in 1981 by the late entrepreneur Joseph Debattista. The Mirabelle Snack Bar started as a family operated business in the emerging tourist resort of Bugibba, St. Paul’s Bay, Malta. Following the Mirabelle’s snack bar popularity and success with locals and tourists, in 1987, the Debattista family extended the venue and transformed the premises into the Mirabelle Bar & Restaurant.

With the increasing European influence on the Maltese economy, the Debattista family contracted the International Designer, Mr. Richard Young to create Fat Harry’s Pub concept. This saw the birth of the local favorite brand on the Island in the year 2000, next door to the Mirabelle Restaurant.

With the passing away of the founder in October 2004, the Debattista family sought to nurture their Father Joseph’s legacy and in 2008 launched a second Fat Harry’s at Malta International Airport thus kickstarting a 12-year Franchise of Fat Harry’s Pub in the main Airport.

In 2015, Isabella Debattista fully acquired Mirabelle Enterprises Limited together with the trademark name and operations of Fat Harry’s Pub and Mirabelle Restaurant in Bugibba and Malta International Airport.

Fat Harry’s continued its growth in 2017 by expanding its Bugibba venue by increasing the seating with taking over of the space at Mirabelle Restaurant transforming it into Fat Harry’s Dining Rooms.

January 2020 – saw the launch of Fat Harry’s flag ship store with a 3rd Location In the heart of Valletta on Zachary Street.

October 2022 – The Bugibba Fat Harry’s venue underwent another renovation were it transformed a Private Function room at Level 1 into the Innkeeper’s Chamber which is bookable through the private events page on this website

Today – Fat Harry’s Pub is still a family run business managed by Isabella the daughter of late founder Joseph, with the support of her two sons, Jonathan and Daniel with the day to day running of the business. Where is Fat Harry’s Pub going next? The family’s plans are to grow the Fat Harry’s brand, continue Joseph Debattista’s legacy with franchising into Europe.

At Fat Harry’s, our customers of all ages come from all walks of life. The guest experience is of the utmost importance to Fat Harry’s. Our dedicated Management and Teams make sure that everyone is made welcome and goes away with the best guest experience with making guests experience our motto.

“You’re always at home and never alone at Fat Harry’s”

Mirabelle Ent Ltd Company CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)

Fat Harry’s Pub managed by Mirabelle Enterprise Limited, has chosen Hospice Malta as the supported charity.Our gratitude to Hospice Malta and the service they provide for Palliative Care. In 2004, our founder Joseph Debattista and the family were supported by Hospice Malta with palliative care needed in his fight with Cancer. This is our contribution and thanks for this support.

About Hospice Malta

The Malta Hospice Movement was founded on 4th January 1989 when the Founding Members, who assumed the role of the first Council of Management, formally signed the Statute which governs the Movement. The Founding Members drew their inspiration from the work of Dame Cicely Saunders who opened St Christopher’s Hospice in 1967 and the Movement continues to model itself on her ideals. Dame Cicely’s extraordinary contribution to alleviating human suffering has resulted in world wide recognition and the mushrooming of palliative care services across the globe.

Hospice Malta’s primary role was to provide and promote palliative care for persons suffering from end-of-life cancer and motor neuron disease. Throughout the years, as the awareness and the need for palliative care increased, Hospice Malta included other conditions within its mission statement so that presently, community-based services are also offered to patients suffering from end-of-life
cardiac, respiratory, renal, liver diseases and most recently, Creutzfeldt Jacob disease and Multiple sclerosis. The possibility of including other end-of-life diseases is also being constantly reviewed.

Hospice Malta, a registered NGO with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organizations (VO/0062), offers all of its services free of charge to patients in Malta and Gozo. The raison d’etre of Hospice Malta is guided by the philosophy and principles of palliative care as expounded by the WHO. Hospice Malta offers its services through a professional multidisciplinary team along with the assistance of a number of volunteers. 

The patient-centered palliative care offered, targets the relief of pain and other physical symptoms, as well as emotional, psycho-social, and spiritual issues. Bereavement support is also an integral part of the services provided. Additionally, education, advice and promotion of palliative care remain at the core of Hospice Malta’s services. Hospice’s education unit provides educational sessions at both undergraduate and post graduate levels in addition to providing in-service training to staff and volunteers to ensure that they have the necessary knowledge and skills