Phat Cat's has been closed for public last weekend for around two days. The reason why? Because the wanted to rebuild it from scratch. Not a bad idea at all if you're unhappy with your sim or want to improve it. Given the fact, that there's always traffic at any time there also the only way to do it if you want to be able to work quickly and undisturbed at all.
So, now since it's open again for around one week, what to say about the rebuild Phat Cat's? The good part is: it is for sure a visual improvement compared to the old spot, all the good things are still there, meaning dance floor, classy ambiente, also the big mall.
The bad thing about it? Well, Phat Cat's is now way too heavy graphics wise. Meaning: there's way too much on heavy graphics in it, it was always laggy of course, since it's almost always full, but the new arrangement of prims and stuff adds way much to an even more worse lag now, too.
Also gone is now the sea view; at the old place you had one, now you're looking at arcades and their columns. And somehow I now find white marble rather boring... Traffic is still high, so don't let that fool you, but visual wise there are better themed jazz clubs around like Carribean Breezes.
Well, take a look at the main dance floor. It's a big, wide, open space, for me the dance floor got smaller compared to the one before, there aren't many chairs around anymore, also less dance balls at the moment it seems.
For me as a long time standing visitor (ha, what a wording!) Phat Cat's has lost much of its appeal to me, it has somewhat lost its trademark feeling. Oh, and take a look at this picture of the main dance area, taken today around 02:00 am SLT, to get the picture on your own: